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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/8
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday October 1903
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western 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 month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Matjesfontein
2 Saturday morning
4 Dear Will,
6 I am expecting Mr Fort this morning. I am very fit. Please accept my
7thanks for the fruit. I meant you to buy it with my money. That little
8jug was left with grandmamma’s other things the pictures you have &c.
9Mother always promised me from the time I was little I should have
10this jug, & a large album which however Fred says he never saw. The
11jug is, I believe one that had belonged to grandmother’s mother,
12anyhow it was used in the family when Mother was a child.
14 You need not fear my speaking to Ettie or Theo or any one about you.
15My out burst was caused by a letter I had from Robert Hemming, a heart
16broken letter, saying he had not written to me for so long because he
17was so utterly ashamed of himself & knew I must hate & despise him
18because he was not able to support his own children, & then the poor
19old fellow winds up by saying the only thing is I must write to ask
20 [papertorn] [part of page missing]
22 Also, Will to support them till I am able. I have not yet answered his
23letter, but it filled me with foolish indignation. (It is never right
24to be indignant ever over other people’s affairs!) but you are quite
25mistaken about Theo, & Alice’s children. Alice loved Theo better than
26anything in the world, but in some senses her children [papertorn]
27[part of page missing]
The bottom of the page with the paragraph ending '...I must write to ask', and also the very end of the letter, have been torn away.