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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold3/1910/18
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date15 October 1910
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToAlice Greene
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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 name of the addressee of this letter is indicated by content. 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 Oct 15th 1910
3 Dear I loved your letter. Don’t think I’m so narrow that because I
4don’t see the way to women’s economic salvation lies in the
5direction of hand work, that I can’t sympathize with one who finds
6joy & beauty in doing it. I think weaving must be most delightful –
7far better than most other kinds of fancy work in the beauty of the
8things one is able to produce. It was so nice to hear about that
9little village & your visit there.
11 I so glad to know you are with Betty now having a good time together.
13 I am still at de Aar, but the heat & wind are making my heart so bad I
14must leave soon. I don’t know where to go. Last year I very nearly
15died at Matjesfontein so I shall never try that again Mrs Haldane
has offered me to go & board at their farm for the summer. You
17have been there she tells me. Did you like the place? What is it like
18is it unreadable cooler than most place in the summer? Is it sheltered
19a little from these terrible north west winds? Do tell me about it:
20I’ll perhaps get your letter before I start. Mrs Murray is such a
21nice woman I think, & she has two such nice little girls. The boy is
22rather spoiled I fancy. Cron is away in Cape Town paying a visit to
23his mother. He will be back the end of next week. I have not seen my
24little niece Dot, but everyone writes me she is so fine, so splendidly
25developed mentally.
27 Good bye dear.
28 Olive