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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box 12/Fold1/Undated/23
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date1899
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToUnknown
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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 year has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee cannot be established. The start of the letter is missing and the second fragment, on one sheet of paper, does not follow on from the first, on another sheet, and its end appears to be missing; so it may have been part of a different letter.
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3this county does rest so. I am staying alone in my brother’s house
4because it’s the only place where I can breathe. I have an old
5coloured woman to stay with me but yesterday she fell off a chair &
6broke her wrist though there’s no sign of it, & was blown against the
7pump by
9I am working. I have only been able to lie down a few nights since I
10came to Africa & that takes one’s strength. Physical suffering ^&
11weakness^ is a greater mystery to me than anything else. I see always
12the uses of mental suffering. I suppose only it is the dis-cordant
13note which makes harmony when the music of all the worlds is heard
14together. I cling to that.
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