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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/61
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date17 October 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.
1 De Aar
2 Oct 17th 1908
4 My dear old sister
6 I’ve not forgotten that the 20th will be your birthday. Many happy
7returns of it you will know we are thinking of you & wishing you good
8luck that day.
10 The heat here is very oppressive, the only refuge is to undress & lie
11down with nothing on stretched out on the oilcloth on the floor of the
12study. I get my head under the table, which seems cooler than other
13places! I am glad Will is going for the trial to Grey Town as they say
14it is cooler than Maritzberg. The heat would have been very trying for
15him there with all that work. We have not had any rain here yet, only
16one sixteenth of an inch in the last 5 months. The papers tell an
17absolute lie when they say it has rained here. It’s rained at
18Vryberg & at Kimberley & Pretoria; so we hope it may come here one day!
20 Thank you so much dear for asking me to come to you; but I will hold
21out here while I can; they say the will can do anything; but there
22comes a time when even it can’t.
24 // I got a nice farewell letter from Emily Hobhouse. I think she is
25going to take up suffrage work in England.
27 Good bye dear. I wish you could go with the old man to Natal, but I
28quite see you must stay for the young ones.
30 Many, many, happy returns.
31 Olive