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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1891/2
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 5 January 1891
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western 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 date has 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 Monday
3 My dear Will
5 I’m very anxious to know how our little boy, the tiny one, gets on,
6& his mother. Drop a line.
8 The small creature has crept curiously into my heart. I am always
9thinking of it. I enclose £1.11.6. Please cash it for me, & will you
10do me a great favour, order your man at the market (I think you have
11such a being) to buy for me a basket, small if such are to be got, of
12grapes or if grapes are still very dear of my beloved little melons.
13If they are not to be had small I must have a large one. I can’t
14live without fruit or vegetables this hot weather. I shall want more
15another time so keep the £1 11 6 please. I know this is giving you a
16great deal of trouble but my desire for fruit over comes my unreadable
17dislike of adding to your labours.
19 Give my love to the dear little wife. I am flourishing as usual, &
20wishful for news
21 Olive
23 You see how one turns one’s dreams into fruit! Never say dreams are
24not fruitful. See ?dream Edward ?Mason.
26 ^Save all my letters carefully. You’ll be able to get 2/6 for them
27when I die!!!^