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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold1/1902/18
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date9 June 1902
Address FromHanover, 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.
1 Hanover
2 June 9 / 02
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4 Dear Fan
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6 Don’t forget to send me the group of you & the children. I would
7love so to have them. Life is so dull here without books or newspapers
8or friends, that one values all kinds of little things one wouldn’t
9care for so much otherwise.
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11 //Cron gets plenty to do, but not so much pay as work, but I am so
12thankful he has the work to interest him. There is no news to give you
13of ourselves, I cook & wash pots & clean the floor, & find the joy of
14life in my two meerkats & dogs.
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16 The dark cold winter is upon us. You too seem to have been having bad
17weather, as there is a report here that some ships are wrecked in
18Table Bay.
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20 Much love to you all dear. Did you see Johnnie Smuts when he passed
21through Cape Town the other day.
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23 Love to you all. I wish I could see you all; dear old Ollie with his
24jolly laugh.
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26 We are going though a very bad time in this little village. There is
27so much illness & every one is depressed & sad. How does Mother keep
28up? I am rather dreading the winter for her.
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30 Olive
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