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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/42
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date8 August 1909
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
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.
1 De Aar
2 Aug 8th 1909
3
4 I wonder if this will find you still in England. If so it will reach
5you just about the 30th to bring you my love. But I fear you will have
6left.
7
8 I got a note from Sir Charles Dilke this mail. He didn’t mention
9having seen you; but he seems to feel no hope for the success of any
10attempt for the natives.
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12 I have had no direct news of you folk since the note you posted to me
13at Madiera, but Emma wrote me last week that you had been to
14Eastbourne. I do hope you stay for a six weeks at Nauheim as it will
15be some time before you go again. But I expect the three in Cape Town
16will hurry you back.
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18 We seem to have had two bad wrecks near Cape Town which I fear will
19make Fan a bit nervous of the sea!
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21 Ha

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23 Since you left I’ve seen no one & done nothing. I’ve been very ill
24most of the time this climate kills me. I’ve been able to get though
25my household work but that’s all.
26
27 Good bye dear Laddie
28 Love to the wife & Dot.
29 Your little sister
30 Ol
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32 We to K Our friend Charlie who used to be head master in St Andrews
33College & is now in the Education department in the Transvaal is
34coming to spend the 17th with us on his way to Cape Town. It’s a
35great event to me to see a human creature. I’ve hardly spoken to any
36one since I left Cape Town.
37
38 Tell me a little about Dot.
39
40 Jabavu seems to have stood out finely, eh?
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