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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold5/1906/14
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date29 August 1906
Address FromHotel Milner, Matjesfontein, Western 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. This letter is written on printed headed notepaper which includes a picture of the hotel.
1 Hotel Milner,
2 Matjesfontein
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4 Aug 29th 1906
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6 My dear old Laddie
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8 I wanted to have a photograph of my self to send you to bring my
9greetings for the 30th, but I suppose they were failures as the woman
10has not sent me any proofs. May next year be a good year with less
11work & more holiday than this. I had a note from Fan this morning who
12tells me you were laid by for two days; & that the rest seemed to do
13you good. I am sure you only want rest, rest, rest! For that I am very
14anxious that if the Chief Justiceship becomes vacant they should offer
15it to you & you should accept it. For a man with your vast legal
16knowledge the work would be no strain, entirely unlike your barrister
17work. If ever the post becomes vacant & our party does not offer it to
18you, they will at least have me to reckon with. It Men have a right to
19their own political views; but the offering of the post to any one
20else would be simply monstrous while you are here.
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22 I am much better, dear. This air suits me perfectly. It is not so damp
23& depressing as Cape Town at this time of year, & not that awful
24height of Hanover & de Aar, where ones pulse is seldom much below a
25hundred. The place never seemed so lovely & restful to me. The hotel
26is excellent; the cookery perfect, & every thing to rest one & make
27one strong. I am having a wonderful good rest.
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29 Your oranges were so nice in the train. I’ve only needed to use the
30one half bottle of Champagne, the other one I am going to take up to
31Hanover. It is always nice to know one has something to fall back on
32if that faintness comes on. How good you were to me, dear.
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34 Your little sister
35 Olive
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