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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/16
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date27 March 1908
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToFrances (?Fan?) Schreiner nee Reitz
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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 Matjesfontein
2 March 27 / 08
4 My dear old Sister
6 It was a pleasant surprise to get your letter. I had a very happy
7though quiet day, with the dear letters from you all, & my old brother
8sent me a wire. To my surprise Girtie Logan came & wished me many
9happy returns of the day. I asked her how she knew it was my birthday
10& she said she remembered many years ago when she was a little girl my
11coming to the school room & begging a holiday for her & Jimmie ^because
12it was my birthday,’^ & that it was the 24th of March!
14 This time next week we shall know all about the elections! My old
15friend Mr Naudè the Dutch church minister at Queens Town, writes me
16that he doesn’t think any one can say how it will go with the
17elections there; but I have a feeling Will will get in though the S.A.
18Party, or rather some of its leaders are moving heaven & earth to keep
19him. But there is really no certainty. Cron is going down to Beaufort
20again for the election day, ?though there but he is now at de Aar busy
21with the wretched old office grind.
23 Is ?Jewel Joubert going to go to school, or is she just going to stay
24with friends?
26 I am getting wonderfully better here, the cool fresh mountain air is
27so delightful, & being lower rests ones heart so wonderfully.
29 They say the little cession of Parliament opens on the 22nd but I
30don’t know if I’ll be able to go down. The real cession Mrs de
31Waal told me ^would^ opened at the end of June, so Parliament will be
32sitting through just the three wettest months;
34 Good bye, darling sissie I’m pretty lonely here & your letter was
35very cheering.
37 Your ever
38 Ol
40 ^I enclose a bit of a letter from the Hon Mrs Bertrand Russel, that
41sweet, beautiful woman whom I & Mrs de Villiers were talking of, about
42that day at Lyndall; in which she mentions Dot.^
The enclosed letter is no longer attached.