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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold4/1911/35
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateJuly 1911
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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Legend
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. Will Schreiner went to Britain in July 1911, providing the approximate date of this letter. 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 My dear Laddie
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3 It was good to get your letter from Madiera. A note from old J X & a
4letter from Anna Purcell were both full of the praises of our young
5one’s - & Anna’s of you.
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7 I do hope the old head & heart are going to have a real time of rest.
8Don’t come back sooner than you need.
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10 If you want to do me a great service ask Alice Corthorn some time to
11dine with you, or go to a theatre.
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13 I hope you will see Adela’s little ones, especially my little Olive
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15 "Alles ten besten"
16 Your little old sister
17 Olive
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19 I hear Dots cold does not leave her, & am asking her to come up a
20little to visit me at de Aar this month instead of September as she
21promised. I believe she would lose her cold here in a few days. I am
22always anxious about the child: she seems to me too beautiful &
23wonderful for life to let her go without some great blow, physical or
24mental.
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