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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold2/1903/2
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date2 March 1903
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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Legend
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 March 2 / 03
3
4 Dear old Man
5
6 Emma Schreiner writes me that she sent to your care asking you to send
7on to me a photograph of her self & Jack the little dog Fred was so
8fond of. Did you get the photo, dear? If so please send on.
9
10 Have you read that book "the Soul of a People" by H. Fielding Hall
11yet? I’m curious to know what you think of it. To me it seems quite
12the most beautiful book that ever was written. But I know it appeals
13to me personally, in a peculiar way, & therefore my critical judgement
14may not be correct. I feel alm as if I had written the book my self,
15only it seems much more beautiful than anything I ever have written or
16could write.
17
18 Cron returned for Cape Town on Thursday & leaves again tomorrow for
19Johannesburg on business for a client. He will be gone 10 o 12 days.
20He will see our people at Pretoria as he is putting the work up there
21in Hud’s hands.
22
23 It’s a curious lonesome life I lead here; I had thought perhaps if a
24person lived to be eighty you might have out lived all your beautiful
25friendships & human relationships, but I didn’t expect it could come
26while one
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28^was comparatively young. Of course it’s the fault of my ill health
29which shuts me up here away from all the world. I have no doubt if one
30could live in England ^^Europe^^ or even at the Cape one would fine you
31were still linked to your kind. Cron tells me you have got quite thin.
32I hope it means no worse health for you dear one.^
33
34Olive
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Notation
The book referred to is: Harold Fielding Hall (1898) The Soul of a People London: R. Bentley & Son.