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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/1
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Saturday 1902 ; Before End: 1913
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToAlice Greene
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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 can be only approximately dated, as after the South African War and before Schreiner went to Europe at the end of 1913.
1 Saturday
3 My darling Alice,
5 I’ve worked so I could come & see you but I couldn’t. I was poy
6ill last Sunday, & had to send for the Doctor & he sent for my brother
7& Dr Moffet from Cape Town. They stayed with me from two o’clock
8till seven in the evening injecting heart stimulants & morphia, & then
9the attack went over, & dear little Julie Brown stayed with me all
10night. I have had no violent return of the attack but I’ve felt too
11tired to write. I was so sorry to hear dear Mrs Murray was ill. I
12wrote her a note. She is a sweet wonderful woman.
14 As soon as I go out anywhere I’ll come & see you.
16 Olive
18 The people I think won’t buy the house at De Aar, so I’ll
20 ^have that still to go to if I get better^
22 ^Its a week today since you were here. It seems to me months & months
23ago. Every thing is so dreary.^