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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold4/1911/40
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date30 August 1911
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 30th 1911
3 It’s your birthday today, dear old man, I wonder where you are
4spending it. I hope happily.
6 Our girl left me on Monday night. She bore our rough & simple menage
7wonderfully well; & looked much better when she went than when she
8came. I am sending you a cutting with a letter by dear old Albert
11 I cannot get over the fact that you did not speak at the Congress
13Wednesday evening.
15 I have just got my England mail with a long letter from Adela about
16our boy & girl. She was much attracted to both, has a page about boy
17Oliver & his charm. She wants to get to know Ursula really, & get her
18to come & see her often if she will. I do hope if Mrs Earl asks Ursula
19to come & visit her she will not fail to go. She will meet all the
20most interesting people there; & if Mrs Earl really gets to love her &
21mother her, in a way, I shall be so glad. I want to write you a long
22letter about Dot, but can’t today.
24 I wonder if any man can understand just the restless bursting stage in
25which she is! If She must find an out let. She asked me whether I
26thought it her duty to teach perhaps start a school somewhere & earn
27her own living. I said, certainly not. You & the dear little mother
28have made her such a beautiful home, her place as far as I can see is
29there till Ursula comes back. But I think the idea of her taking up
30law is splendid. She’ll explode if she tries to hang about doing
31mothering. Marriage with a fine man whom she could really love & look
32up would be ?ideal – but where in the narrow little suburban life of
33Cape Town is she likely to find such a man? I know you will say I am
34the scheming Aunt trying to marry her off to a good husband. But I do
35think it would be good – though a mistake with a nature like hers
36would be fatal.
38You may say whe "Well why can’t she marry – say a young Sutton or
39a young Stanford?" But she won’t, & with a nature like hers it would
40be most unhappy if she did! We must talk more fully about this if I
41come to Cape Town in the summer. To I think think I told you Ettie
42thinks Blauwberg might suit me & I have taken a little room in a house
43there from Jan where I can do my own cooking on a paraffin stove &
44sort of camp out. If I am able to stay there I shall sometimes be able
45to come in for a few days when its not too hot.
47 Don’t think I am giving away my darling girls confidence in writing
48about her. I said I would write to you about her, & she said I might
49say what I liked she felt sure it would be all right. But what I say
50about her is for you & you alone.
52 Good bye dear old man
53 Your little sister
54 Olive