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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/4
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date29 March 1898
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 327-8
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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 resident in Kimberley from early August 1894 to November 1898.
1 Dear Laddie
3 I’m stone broke, so am going down to the dear old Kowie for a few
4days. It seems there is never a letter coming for me again - & all my
5work lies unfinished. Rudyard Kippling & his father called this
6morning, he’s a real man, a most lovable little human creature.
8 Thank you for your letter, dear. unreadable Slowly & slowly Rhodes
9will play out till there’s nothing of him left; "Small & more small,
10And beautifully less." People don’t calculate on the strength of the
11old Dutch party in this country, because they don’t talk. The
12jingoes have been doing all the talk when it comes to voting, its
13possible we may be stronger than is thought.
15 Good bye dear Laddie. Mr Lloyd, arrives from Johannesburg today to
16spend a few days with us. I think we shall leave on Monday the 4th for
17the Kowie & stay there as long as my chest lets us.
19 Olive
21 ^PS The doctor says I must not go to the Kowie, so I shall likely go to
22Johannesburg for a few days. I think I shall go to Pretoria & see Oom Paul.
23 I shall go & see the Reitzes too. My address will be c/o Rev J.T.
10 Pietersen St, Hospital Hill, Johannesburg.^
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.