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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1890/8
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date9 October 1890
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 177
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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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Matjesfontein
3 Dear Will,
5 Please send me the money for this month, send several small cheques, 2
6for 8/- each (eight shillings. I have terrible asthma, for four days
9 Please don’t say you’ve written to me since you went away, because
10you’ve not!!! Send money at once because I want the cheques.
12 My friend Dr Brown in England has 209 shares in the Cape of G. H. Bank
13& is ruined. My book of dreams will be out next month. I am anxious
14for the old Boss to hand over my £50. Tell him as soon as he comes.
16 I am in great trouble about Alice Corthorn because I don’t know
17where to get the money for her medical education now Dr Brown is
18ruined. And I can’t get on with my book because of my ill health.
20 I hope you are very fit after this journey, old man. I know how
21beautiful it is to you to be back with your little ones & wife.
23 Olive
'My book of dreams' refers to Dreams. Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.