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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/2
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Sunday July 1901 ; Before End: September 1903
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToRebecca Schreiner nee Lyndall
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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. Schreiner was resident in Hanover from September 1900 to October 1907, after 1902 with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere. Rebecca Schreiner moved to Cape Town to live with her daughter Ettie Stakesby-Lewis in mid 1901 and died in September 1903, thus the dating of this letter.
1 Hanover
2 Sunday
4 My darling Mothie
6 I was so glad to get your long beautifully written letter. I do hope
7you are enjoying & finding good from the summer weather. Ettie’s
8house is so sheltered that you will hardly feel the South Easters
9there. We are having beautiful weather Have you ever tried drinking
10bush tea? I never take tea or coffee now, always bush tea. It seems to
11have a wonderful good effect on the kidneys & liver. But one must be
12careful to get the flowers & not the great coarse leaves they often
13sell as bush tea. I do not know whether there are distinct kinds or
14whether the one is the flower & pointed leaves at the end of the
15branch & the other the coarse leaves higher up. Fan would get you some
16from Swellendam where it grows, but I fancy you can get it at all the
17grocers in Cape Town. It’s "so cheap too." - do you remember?
19 Love to all the dear ones & most of all to my own little mother
20 Your Olive
22 ^NB Have you seen Bessie Findlay & her two lovely little ones, or has
23she already gone up to join Hudson?^