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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold5/1906/9
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 27 May 1906
Address FromHaddon Hall, Tamboer?s Kloof, Gardens, Cape Town, 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. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Hadden Hall
2 Sunday night
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4 Dear Laddie
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6 I was a disappointment when I got back from seeing you to find you’d
7been to see me. I’ve only been out twice since I came so it was odd
8I should miss you.
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10 Even the flowers couldn’t console me, though one would have to live
11in that desert of the upcountry plains (quite different to Cradock &
12Beaufort) to know what one feels about flowers & green stuff when one
13first comes down.
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15 We are very comfortable here, & unless the weather gets very bad I
16think we ^I^ shall be able to hold out, rain & all. I hope you are
17feeling fit dear old man.
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19 Life is curiously solitary to me in South Africa now, ^& you must love
20me a lot because I need it.
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22 Olive^
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24 ^I’ll look in some morning on the chance of finding you.^
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