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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1891/11
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday September 1891
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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Legend
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 Sunday
3
4 Dear Boy,
5
6 I haven’t a new tale you can have but if you like to reprint little
7story from New College mag, which was only privately printed you can.
8You can send the mag back if you don’t print.
9
10 I shouldn’t write such a story now, & I suppose you couldn’t put a
11note saying its a very old story. It’s so childish.
12
13 I am glad for Fan’s sake you have a house in the Gardens. I Fort says
14you are not looking so flourishing. Is May’s marriage a secret or can
15I write to her. Please spell the Doctor’s name clearer!!!
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17 Your little sis, Olive
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19 I want to give Ellis the right sign an agreement & make business
20arrangements in my name. Will my simply writing to tell them him he
21can be enough legally. How do you give a man your power of attorney?
22
23 He & Arthur Symons are making all the arrangements about my allegory
24book. They’ve taken it away from Blackwood. I don’t trouble myself
25about it. I mean to send all my books to Ellis & he can make just what
26arrangements he likes, & send me what ever money there is. The £21
27Dadda told you to send me is some money I got for African Farm. I
28wanted to leave it in England so that I might have money to pay for
29going back, but if I don’t get enough to
30
31 ^pay for that from my allegory book I’d better burn myself.^
32
Notation
It is not clear which 'little story' of those Schreiner originally published in the New College Magazine is being referred to, as it could be 'Dream Life and Real Life', 'The Adventures of Master Towser' or 'My First Day At the Cape' by Paulinsky Smith'. The 'allegory book' at this point in time could be Dreams, already published, or Dream Life and Real Life, underway.