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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold3/1910/26
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date30 November 1910
Address FromPortlock, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern 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.
1 Portlock
2 nr. Graaff Reinet
3 Nov 30 / 10
5 Dear Laddie
7 Adela little baby was born abo some months ago. She was very nearly
8dead; it had to be forcibly removed from her a month before its time.
9But wonderful to say she has recovered. The little baby is growing &
10doing well & is called Olive after me & Constance is its second name
11after Constance Lytton, so it forms a loving little bond between us
12three. She wrote to me two days after its birth a few lines, but she
13is still so ill she cannot walk or drive out. Her husband has been
14unspeakably kind to me, in seeing about the arrangements with the
15publishers, about my woman’s book which will be out I hope soon
16after the new year: but those publishers are terrible.
18 I do hope you’ll get away for a real rest soon, dear. I expect the
19sea is to you as the mountain tops are to me – infinite rest. Every
20little bit of my body & mind seems to rest here. I’m working hard at
21my book. If I keep as well as I am now I shall have made some headway
22this summer. I do hope our three will do well in the exams. Ursie’s
23must have begun already.
25 Good bye dear Laddie
26 Thine ever
27 Ol
29 ^Thanks very much for seeing about my money dear.^
The 'woman's book' referred to is Woman and Labour.