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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/3
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 9 January 1908
Address FromDe Aar, Northern 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. Schreiner was resident in De Aar from November 1907 until she left South Africa for Britain and Europe in December 1913, with some fairly lengthy visits elsewhere over this time.
1 Thursday
3 Darling Boy
5 I thought you looked so depressed & tired yesterday. I’ve just got
6Thursdays paper & see Ursula has not passed. I do hope the dear child
7won’t be discouraged. Its such a terrible thing in life to begin
8giving in. Do what you mean to do.
10 I am more anxious that you can think about our Bills passing. I cannot
11shake myself from the feeling that a too absolute interest in sport
12after childhood is the death of the highest qualities in the
13individual as it is in nations – as it was in Rome – as it will be
14in England.
16 I am so comfortable here, dear. Couldn’t be better off. Sleep
19 Your little sister
20 Olive