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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/18
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 10 March 1909
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToFrances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz
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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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Matjesfontein
2 Wednesday
4 My dear old sister
6 I hope you get your glasses all right. I couldn’t anywhere find a
7good box to put them in & I’m so anxious to know you got them safely.
8 It was so nice to see your figure walking about here, one of the
9pleasant & bright memories which make me love Matjesfontein more than
10any place in Africa. I have had so many happy times with my friends
13 I glad my picture of you sitting out in the wind on your hat box did
14not come true! I do hope you’ll both have a good time in Queens Town.
15 Guess all the folks will love my little sister! Please send me all the
16reports you can get of Will’s speeches at Queenstown. I am very
17anxious to know what he says. I look to him as our political leader in
18the future. He is the last hope. However things may look at present
19"More is ook en dag!" (Can you read my Dutch!)
21 I’ve just got a very long interesting letter from Sir William Butler;
22 with some very original & true remarks on the native question.
24 I posted Will’s ^letter^ & wrote to Ursula the day you left. But there
25was no train to town that day with a T.P.O.
27 Please give my love to Mrs Naude & remember me very cordially to Sir B
28Berry & to Miss Hyett if you meet her. Tell her I’ve just got a
29letter from her cousin Edward Carpenter who was just starting for 6
30weeks in Italy.
32 I’ve seen little of dear old Het she comes over at sunset for a few
33minutes. She is looking wonderfully better. I think she is sure to
34stay till you return. She thinks the air here wonderful. Cron was so
35disappointed not to see you
37 Thy small sister
38 Olive