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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold2/1893/4
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 12 March 1893
Address FromMiddelburg, Eastern 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 Middelburg
2 Sunday
4 Dear Fan,
6 Thanks much for card. It’s very good of you to want to have me; but
7I don’t think I shall be in town more than a couple of days before
8sailing; I expect just to run up to Aliwal from this with Et next
9Thursday (it is about 10 hours from here), & when I return to go to
10straight to Matjesfontein. If it wasn’t for Dicky darling I’d stay
11here, & finish my work but I’m afraid he’s longing to see me!
13 I hope you’ve all had a real good time at Kalk Bay. I guess little
14Mrs Ursula has grown out of all knowing.
16 Please instead of having me invite a friend of mine, a farmer in the
17Cradock district, to come & spend a week with you when he comes to
18Cape Town in the winter. He wants to come & hear the debates when
19parliament is sitting. He’s a fine simple fellow, he won’t care
20where he sleeps or anything like that, & you & Will & the children
21will like him. (He sings comic songs so Dot & Will are sure to). He is
22a great friend of mine. I’m going to ask Mrs Innes to ask him too.
23This is my way of accepting the invitations you see; & his smiles
24nicer than I am. You’ll all love him; especially little Will. I’ll
25give him a letter of introduction to take to you when he arrives. I
26shall be in London then.
28 I’m so very sorry to hear about the poor old mother’s being turned
29out of her house. I do hope you’ve got another for her that suits
30her. Write & give me a little news. Wills just no hand at news. He’s
31not told me one single thing that happened to him in England yet!
32I’m glad to be going home to my friends, but I’m sorry to think
33the children will grow up & I never see them.
35 Good bye, dear
36 Thanks for your goodness in wanting me to come.
37 Olive
39 PS. I’m so sorry to trouble you, but could you send to Miss Frazer
40with the enclosed note the other bit of grey alpaca I left in the
. I shall want it when I get to London as I shall be too busy to
42think of clothes for some months. I would feel it such a great
if you would. She takes such a long time making things that I
44shan’t get it before I sail if she doesn’t have it at once.