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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1892/9
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 24 July 1892
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. The end of the letter is missing.
1 Sunday night
3 Dear Boy
5 It was so good to get your telegram & to think of that nice dear soft
6warm little creature. I am so glad the dear little mother had not a
7very hard time. I should have written wired this morning but have been
8in bed all day & had no-one to send over before the post closed. I
9have not been so fit today, but was better the other days. It’s just
10simple tiredness. Mrs Innes sent me some beautiful jelly this morning.
11It is really wonderful to me how good & kind my friends are to me; &
12I’ve got a most delightful book on India, so one way & another I’m not
13having a bad time, in spite of the rain, which I believe will never
14leave off again.
16 It makes me happy when I think of that dear little new one of ours.
17Perhaps by the time she’s grown up things will be easier for a woman.
19 Olive
21 ^If the gov. should at any time offer you the K.M.G. I hope you won’t
22refuse it. I think it would be foolish for either you or Innes to do
23so for services such as yours to the government. It is exactly a right
24& fitting rel mode of^
26[page/s missing]
The 'delightful book on India' cannot be established.