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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/66
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date1 December 1908
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address ToGreytown, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. The address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope.
1 de Aar
2 Dec 1st 1908
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4 I got the photograph signed by Dinuzulu yesterday, dear. I suppose you
5sent it. I like it greatly. Your photograph is one I think I like
6better in expression than any I’ve seen taken. There are no flies on
7Renon: if one sat down on him it would be flapped off in two minutes!!
8Dear Miss Colenso is most touching to me. All she is living through is
9shown even in the fold of the hands. It is very beautiful.
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11 //I’ve just had a wire begging me to come down to Cape Town & stay
12with them at Sea Point where they have taken a house while the
13convention sits. I would much like to go, because he is the one man I
14may be able to influence a little on the native question. If they make
15the fares single fare for double journey I may go down for a week
16after the fifteenth. It is the immense expense of travelling that
17makes life such a long solitary confinement in this country, & breaks
18one down.
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20 May the Lord reward that ?Cackajana according to his works! He’s
21another Jan Van der Berg. I am very anxious to see Miss Colensos cross
22examination this week Hither to following the reports they have not
23made much head way.
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25 Do look out for my boy Jim. I have such hopes that hearing your name
26is Schreiner he might turn up to ask you about me some day. But my
27fear is he has long been killed. He would be almost 30 now; a
28magnificent Zulu, with delicate sharp cut almost European features. I
29loved that boy & my boy Ganaliesway as I’ve loved few people.
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31 Do try to take exercise regularly dear. Are there no golf links there?
32Golf would be the making of you.
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34 Yours small sister
35 Olive
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