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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1891/13
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday October 1891
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToFrances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz
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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 mainly resident in Matjesfontein between December 1889 and December 1892, with some fairly lengthy visits elsewhere, including Cape Town.
1 Saturday
3 My dear Fan
5 I have been laid up again or would have answered Will’s letter
8 Thank you so very much about the advertisement, but I fear any rooms I
9get in town will be too expensive. I love my little house here so that
10I cling to it, but Matjesfontein doesn’t seem to suit me as it used,
11but it may be when the warm weather comes I shall be all right. Thank
12you so much my darling little sister for troubling about the rooms. If
13they do suit I think I should like to come for a little time.
15 I sent a wire to congratulate them at Bloemfontein & this morning got
16an answer from your brother saying they were both doing well. How good
17it will be for the boys to have a little sister! I am right this time
18that Tuesday is your birthday. I send the little jug with Miss Bridge
19who is leaving on W Monday for Cape Town & who will bring it you, or
20better leave it at Mrs Andrew’s, if Fred could go & call for it there.
22 It’s a poor little old fashioned thing, but I think you will like it
23as being the oldest thing we have in the family.
25 Please remember me to Mr John Reitz, tell him I often think of him &
26his wonderful beautiful patience when I feel ill.
28 Good night Dear Sister. Many many joyful & restful years of health be
29before you.
31 Your little sister
32 Olive
34 Please tell Will the fruit came all right H & is lovely.