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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/42
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday April 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 month and year have 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, but with some fairly lengthy visits elsewhere over this time.
1 Saturday
3 Oh Will my dear dear Laddie, Do go to Europe for a holiday & to take
4the Nauheim treatment this year. You don’t know my old brother how
5ill you looked when you had that big case on, your face haunts me. I
6know Olivers one wish is that you should come home this year. The
7boy’s heart is set on it. I send you his letter I don’t think he
8would mind my doing it. I don’t think you should wait for Ursulas
9visit, as the Nauheim treatment time will then be over. Will, you must
10take care of yourself Don’t wait till you are as I am, for whom
11death is the only friend.
13 Great things are happening in Cape Town. I hope the Progressives will
14vote with the labourites & Hertzogites. The racial parties must break
15up. If I could form a ministry you would be prime minister Jagger
16treasurer minister of commerce or Railways John X Treasurer, Duncan
17Minister of Education Jannie somewhere in the ministry, but not head
18of the defence force, & so on – a quite non party ministry! – and
19a quite impossible.
21 As for the parties as they exist now I don’t care for one two pence
22more than the other. I hope Cron will never go in for politics again,
23whether I am dead or alive, unless he goes in as a labour man.
25 Good bye my old brother
26 Your little sister
27 Who loves you much more than you know
28 Olive
30 Don’t trouble to write if busy. Just return the boys letter. I never
31like showing letters sent to me to any one, but I’m sure Oliver
32wouldn’t mind my showing you this.