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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/14
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday July 1898
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern 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 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 Fan
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3 I wish I was down in Cape Town now that I might see the fight!
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5 I hope you like your new house. I fancy its nearer the cricket ground
6it must be near –
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8 Wednesday
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10 I began this letter to you just the time you must have been writing to
11me, but didn’t get any further. Thanks for your letter, dear. I will
12say this for you, that if your letters are far & few between they are
13worth getting when they come! I’m so glad you’ve got away from
14Highstead & than the new place seems so pleasant. Its so delightful to
15have ones own home however small it is. You can plant roses & trees &
16know you will see them grow up. I fancy it is rather a nice healthy
17part, better than being closer to the mountain.
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19 I wish I could have managed to run down to Cape Town just now. It’s
20so hard waiting here for news. Cron goes to fetch the papers every
21morning at the toll, & when I see him coming back I feel quite faint
22with expectation.
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