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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/41
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date26 October 1913
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. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. 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 Private
3 Dear Laddie
5 Thanks for letter much dear - No I don’t mean to go with Miss
. If she I see she wants to tack herself on to me wherever I
7go in Europe, & I simply just couldn’t bear it. She’s a dear good
8woman like Mrs Solly - but quite impossible to live with
10 Don’t if you see her say anything to encourage her to think I am
11going to take her about with me. She has has already written to say
12that as Pethwick Lawrence is going to take me to Italy no doubt he
13will take her too!! Pethwick Lawrence & Mrs Lawrence cannot bear her.
14I am proposing going on the 6th not to go with her. Don’t mention
15this to anyone but if you meet her don’t in any way encourage her to
16go with me. A few months of Miss Hobhouse would crush me altogether.
17If I were strong & well & could wait on her it would be all right –
18I should think I was doing good. She is one of those masterful women
19who quietly crushes every one who comes near her, I’d rather stay in
20Africa than have to go about with her I haven’t the strength
22 Good bye dear; this is such a hurried note in case you should meet
23Miss Hobhouse. I I shall be so much better without her. Rem Give my
24kind regards to Will ?Cookes It’ll be interesting having him.
26 Good bye dear.
27 Ol
29 ^I am going on the sixth.^