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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold4/1911/17
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date29 April 1911
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToLucy Molteno nee Mitchell
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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 April 29th 1911
3 Dear Lucy
5 I wonder how you are. If your husband is the least bit inclined to be
6troubled with asthma tell him to get Tuckers Remedy.
8 Address 2 Tucker Esq
9 Half Moon Lane
10 Herne Hill
11 London
13 I believe your brother Percy found help from trying it. It’s just
16 We are beginning to have cooler weather here, & I’m so rejoicing in it.
18 We are having the best weather we’ve ever had at de Aar since I came,
19 because we’ve had rain. My garden is looking quite beautiful. Every
20hour I can spare I spend in it.
22 I wonder if you’ve written any more verses. Has it ever struck you
23that though the love of parents for their children is one of the
24strongest passions on earth, there is hardly any poetry, or any
25literature, that tries to express it.
27 The Bible has some of the finest expressions Davids cry "Oh my son, my
28son!" I think the idea of that little poem of a mother to her son is
29much the best of yours. I can’t find the copy you gave me. Its
30somewhere among all my papers. Would you mind copying it for me again,
31& letting me send it to my dearest woman friend in England?
33 I seem so far from Cape Town, & from all my friends there I seem to
34know nothing about you.
36 I wish you knew my dear friend Mrs Haldane Murray well: she is a
37splendid woman. I wish her husband had been returned to parliament
38that you might all had had her with you every year, & really got to
39know her.
41 Good bye, darling Lucy. I think so often of you & your children
42especially little John Charles. I’m sure he’ll grow up a beautiful
43pure loving true man.
45 Good bye,
46 Olive