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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold3/1896/20
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateJuly 1896
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToJessie Rose Innes nee Dods Pringle
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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 resident in Kimberley from early August 1894 to November 1898.
1 Dear Jessy
3 I hope you had a real good time in Pretoria. I’m wishing I could see
4you; I don’t like letter writing. Mr Innes seems making a splendid
5stand. I wish he could have seen his way clear to support Merriman
6but I have never had any doubt that the stand he does make he will
7stand by.
9 I am very well & very happy in my personal life. Cron & I seem to grow
10closer together every week we are together – the only terrible thing
11is the thought we shall some day have to part forever.
13 I am sending you a letter I got from a lady in England the other day.
14She seemed to me when I stayed with them as a boarder a most sweet
15refined little woman; but I don’t know a very much of her. She had a
16school & I took rooms in her house, but I found the pianos too noisy.
18 I am too busy to come down to Cape Town this winter, & I would not
19come down if I could. There is too much bitterness & hatred in the air!!
20Aren’t you tired of it all, dear?
22 We’ve got a little dog an Irish terrier who’s a great pleasure to
23us; & Cron & I read & write all day & I cook - that’s all we do so
24there’s no news. I’ve got a dear little Kaffir boy that I’m very
25fond of.
27 Good bye dear
28 Olive