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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/1
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 1 January 1912
Address FromCape Town, Western 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. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was in Cape Town from late November 1911 to mid January 1912.
1 Monday
3 My dear old Man
5 It was so sweet of you to bring me here the day I came & do all you
6did for me. I shall never forget it. It is strange that you with all
7that vast burden of work on your shoulders should be the one who does
8all the little things for other people, that ordinary people never
9think of. I shall I am always love that little teapot you gave me. It
10draws my heart very much to Son Oliver that he does understand & value
11you so. In his last note to me in answer to something I had said about
12the part ideals play in life &c, he said that one of his ideal was to
13be much what you were. Generally children only know what the parent
14was who has loved & laboured for them after he has gone, & it’s too
15late. I am looking forward to the time when he will be out here; he
16will a great comfort to you. I can’t think of a lovelier thing in
17the world than to have such a child as he is – a son & daughter in
20 They told me here today I must either take the room for two months or
21leave tomorrow, so I’m going to Lady Innes’s till I can get a room
22at the Ali Grand so some sort or other.
24 Your little sister
25 Olive