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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold4/1905/27
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date22 July 1905
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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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 July 22 / 05
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4 Dear old Man,
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6 When I was in Cape Town I was always able to get news of you from Fan
7& the children, now I am wondering how you are & how things are with
8your health especially; but I don’t expect you to write I know how
9much of the rest of your holiday must just lie in having got rid of
10pen ink & paper for a time. I expect my Boy Oliver has had a fine time.
11 Even if you don’t go to Italy you out just to take a run up the St
12?Golherd Pass, though it’s a very poor thing in summer compared to
13winter.
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15 All is going well with us here. Cron is having a little business
16trouble, which all all comes of his being so trustful & innocent. You
17can be trustful any where but in business, which is each man trying to
18get up earlier that the other all the way round. It’s a terrible
19thing; a nation must decay when it is given up to business on modern
20principles.
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22 I am just writing a note to Ursula to ask how you are & what your
23latest news is. I have written to the care of Emma, & three to the
24Colonial Institute 100 Queen Victoria St London. I hope you have got
25them, though not of much worth.
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27 I wonder if you have been seeing many folk in London. I wish never to
28go there again except to see my dozen or two close & dearly beloved
29friends. But my soul pants & thirsts to see Italy, beloved Italy again,
30 & to do the journey over the Alps. Well it is something that I have
31seen it & loved it. After all our wealth is all the things we have
32been able to love on our journey through life.
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34 Good bye dear old man. I hope it will be long before you return to us,
35& when you do that you will have rested out; & above all will come
36with a firm resolve not to over work.
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38 Your little sis
39 Olive
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