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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/40
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateJune 1908
Address FromDe Aar, Northern 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. The month and year have 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 Darling old sister
3 Your letter has come. You are wicked not to write – but when your
4letters do come they one of them is worth ten of mine.
6 Dear old Joe ?Sutton is here. It’s so nice to have him, but I was
7disappointed that Kitty wasn’t with him.
9 I send you some photos which will interest you, as they are the people
10Dot knows. Isn’t old Mrs Pearsall Smith lovely – "Perfect through
11suffering" I always think when I look at her face. She’s now nearly
1280. Hasn't she a grand face. The beauty of the life & the character
13written on it.
15 Mrs ?Borman is the mother of Dots two friends the Costellos. (She
16married a second time. The one on the left is my dear friend. She was
17the most beautiful human creature I had ever seen when I first met
19^her. Perhaps Mrs ?Offie de Villiers would like to see it as she
20admired her so much. ^
22 Good bye darling
23 Olive
25 ^I knew Ursula would pass. She will always do anything she tries to do?^