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Letter ReferenceRhodes Papers, MSS. Afr. s. 228, C28 (5-6) 40
ArchiveBodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies, Rhodes House, University of Oxford
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date15 November 1890
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToCecil John Rhodes
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The Project is grateful to the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, for allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of their Special Collections.
1Dear Mr Rhodes
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3I am afraid to speak to you so I must write this line to tell you how
4very sorry I was I troubled you with that letter. The train had not
5left five minutes when I wanted it back, & I have suffered the agony
6of a lost spirit about it ever since. Please forgive me, & don’t
7mention it to me.
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9I am very grateful to you, though I have not shown it, for the
10sympathys you expressed with my work the other night. No one has ever
11done so in just the same way. I am very thankful to you for having
12told me it helps me to decide.
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14You have never felt the same sympathy with my work that I have with
15yours. It is just as creative, only you have to realize your
16imaginations in things, which which more permanent.
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18Yours faithfully
19Olive Schreiner
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