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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/65
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateNovember 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. ?The enclosed? is no longer attached.
1 Darling old sister
3 The enclosed from Miss Colenso to me may interest you. I am so glad
4she thought Will looking better. I am so anxious about the excitement
5of the trial for him; but they say Greytown is cooler than Maritzburg.
6I wish, oh how I wish, I was with you in Cape Town, but I can’t leave
7my old man while it’s at all possible for me to stay on here.
9 The heat & dust are terrible now but they will be much worse later.
11 Drop me a line when you return Miss C’s letter.
13 I suppose our girl is very busy now she has got back to College. I got
14a note from her from Madeira on her way home.
16 Good bye, dear. It’s sad being a woman always sitting at home
18^& waiting while those we love go out into the world. There is one
19beautiful thing with daughters, that their hearts always come nearer &
20nearer to their mother’s as they grow older, & the real weight of
21woman’s lot begins to fall in on them, & they know all it means. ^
The enclosed letter is no longer attached.