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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold3/1914/46
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date30 July 1914
Address From156 Koninginneweg, Amsterdam, Holland
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. This letter is written on printed headed notepaper. Schreiner has misdated it as 30 August, but is in fact 30 July 1914.
1Dr Aletta H. Jacobs
2156 Koninginneweg.
3Amsterdam
4
5Aug 30th 1914
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7Dear Boy
8
9This is your birth day, & I hope you’ll have as good a day as Berlin
10can give you. Many happy returns, with perhaps better health which I
11hope this holiday will give you, dear. I think when you get back to
12work in Cape Town you’ll feel you have more spring. Please drop me a
13line & tell me your news
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15I got here at 10 ^11.30^ o’ clock last night. We had pouring rain all
16the way & the air & sky are still very heavy here. Some interviewers
17are coming to see me but I won’t be interviewed. I am just going out
18to telegraph to you, dear. You have been so good to me, dear. All the
19beauty of the time at Nauheim & even at Oberhof was that you were
20there. Thank you for your sweet gift dear I shall buy a beautiful
21evening dress for it – black, that will wear for years. You’ve
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23Good by my dear old Brother. I must post at once if this is to find
24you still in Berlin. Please write & tell me if you see any interesting
25street sights.
26Olive
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