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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold4/1897/12
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date14 May 1897
Address From7 Rue Lemaitre, Puteaux, Paris, France
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.
1 7 rue Lemaitre
2 Puteaux
3 Paris
4 May 14 / 97
6 Dear old Fan
8 I have not written to you for a very long time but I’ve been "dead
9off" all letter writing as my old friend JD Logan would say. I am much
10more fit again, & we have come to Paris & taken a tiny cottage in the
11suburbs for a month. In the same cottage ^garden^ in which our g cottage
12is another cottage in which live to two dear friends of mine, both
13artists. (The wife is one who painted the little picture I gave you!)
14& they have four lovely pictures children who are a great delight to
15Cron & me. We shall go on to London in a months time
17I thought much of you my darling little sister, when Will was away
18here. I know in what continual anxiety you must have been for news. He
19certainly went splendidly through the exam. & I believe did an immense
20amount of good by coming.
22 I am terribly anxious as to the way things are going at the Cape but
23one can but wait & see how they will turn out.
25 Give my love to the dear small folk. Seeing these four little ones,
26two boys & two girls, seems to be bringing them always to my mind.
27Drop me a line & give me all the news you can. Nobody writes to me!!!
28Is Nell Dernish to be married soon.
30^Thy little sis ^
31 Olive
33 Cron would I know send much love to you & Will, but he has gone on
34riding on his bicycle with my friends. I have had to stay in because
35it is cold & looks like rain, so I’m writing some letters.