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Letter ReferenceG.W. Cross MS 14, 462/11
ArchiveCory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Thursday January 1896 ; Before End: August 1896
Address FromColes Hotel, Kowie River (Port Alfred), Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToG.W. Cross
Other Versions
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Legend
The Project is grateful to the Cory Library for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of their collections. Schreiner stayed at the Kowie River on a number of occasions; content suggests a likely date for the letter is during either her January or her August 1896 visits.
1 Coles Hotel
2 The Kowie
3 Thursday
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5 Dear Mr Cross
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7 Thank you so much for coming to meet us. It cheered my heart. We have
8had pouring rain ever since we came, & it pours & flows still, the
9rain falling in torrents They say it has rained continuously here for
10ten days & if the weather continues as it is now we shall certainly to
11not stop more than the week & may leave sooner. Thanks much for the
12book of Watsons poems, which I got this morning from Kimberley. I was
13glad to see Mr Rendlebury again.
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15 Please be careful not to mention to any one, nor to & to ask him not
16to mention that Mr Patterson has written some of the leaders the
17Midland News. It was told my husband in confidence, & directly after I
18had spoken I remembered that perhaps I ought not to have done so.
19Please don't remember the fact to any one.
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21 If we do stay here I do hope you will be able to come down. I had a
22note from Mr Lloyd yesterday. He is ill & in the doctor's hands.
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24 Thank you for your goodness.
25 Olive Schreiner
26
Notation
Watson's poems cannot be established.