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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1892/11
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 12 August 1892
Address FromMortimer Hall, Cape Town, 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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Mortimer Hall
2 Friday
4 Darling Fan
6 Thanks for thy letter. I am so glad the little ones are coming quite
7round, & the warm sunshine will soon send baby on. It has been a hard
8fight for our little one just at her start, & I fear will make her
9very sensitive for a year or more. If I were you even when the weather
10gets warmer, I would still light the stove at night, so that the room
11may be warm in the early morning. Its that time that tries the lungs.
12Thanks dear, for your sweet offer to send the little ones to see me.
13But I think I should feel more at rest if they didn’t come. Now Dot
14& Will go to school they might get measles there, & yet I should
15always feel unhappy about it, if they had been. I know you won’t
16misunderstand & think I don’t want to see them, dear.
18 I am going out to Sea Point tomorrow to Arthur’s Seat. Stevenson
19will have me go there: he’s been so good & kind; he’s so different
20from most other doctor's he seems to care for your health all round.
22 I am so sorry to hear of poor ?Grisbert Reitz. It seems too hard for
23them. I hope all this terrible time of nursing & anxiety has not told
24on you. You ought to get away to Swellendam or some where for a change
25with the children when baby is fit. Theo Kate & Will are flourishing.
26Dear old Theo wanted to go up the mountain on horseback tomorrow, & I
27had hoped I should be strong enough to go to, but going to Sea Point
28yesterday has knocked me up, so much that I’m lying down today. Tell
29little Will I’ve got a funny little curiosity for him, he must guess
30what it is till Monday when I send it him. It’s animal & vegetable
31kingdoms mixed, its something that grows on a tree & something that
32lives, mixed.
34 I’m afraid its been very hard for poor old Will going about his work
35with all the anxiety of the childrens illness on his mind.
37 Good bye, dear
38 Olive