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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/39
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date24 October 1913
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address ToVilla Flandre, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape
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. The address the letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope, the postmark on which is illegible. Schreiner was resident in De Aar from November 1907 until she left South Africa for Britain and Europe in December 1913, with some fairly lengthy visits elsewhere over this time.
1 Dear old sister,
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3 This is the 24th & your birthday was the 20th, so very late I wish you
4many happy returns & a long life to see your grandchildren flourish
5about you one day. Its a pity the two in England couldn't have been
6with you to make a happy day.
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8 We are having beautiful cold weather here today after a spell of heat
9& I am quite lovely. I suppose I will be coming down to Cape Town
10about this time next month ^or a little later^ if you will have me for a
11couple of weeks before I sail. I don’t want to leave my old man till
12its quite necessary. But
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14 We had a terrible storm of wind yesterday which knocked down quite
15half of Cron’s fruit. It’s hard when he’s worked so hard at
16spraying & attending to the trees.
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18 Tell Dottles she must write & tell me how the world goes with her, its
19ages since I heard from her.
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21 Thine ever
22 Olive
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