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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold4/1911/45
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 7 September 1911
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address ToVilla Flandre, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape
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 date of this letter has been derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address it was sent to.
1 De Aar
2 Thursday
4 Dear old Sister
6 I hope you enjoyed your stay at Worcester among old friends & that
7you’ve come home better for it. Dot told me you’d been very unfit
8since we came back from the Zambesi. Curious we were all so unfit! I
9hope you think Dot looking better. I am so afraid the damp of Cape
10Town may start her cough again. I wish she would go & see Hugh Smith
11at the Rhodes buildings if it does.
13 Dr Jacobs writes me it is terribly cold & damp at Port Elizabeth & all
14three of them feel very unwell.
16 I think I shall be going to try Blauwberg in the summer, & if I do
17I’ll come & spend a week with you before I go there. Ellie says I
18can have a room in a little house not very far from hers. I didn’t
19hear from any of our travellers this week, but when one is travelling
20& seeing so much its almost impossible to write. I got a long letter
21from Anna Purcell this week they are up the tops of the mountains in
22Switzerland so don’t feel the great heat. Dot told me you thought of
23inviting Lady Lock. I am sure she will be very happy with you. She is
24very simple in her tastes & your ordinary cook & way of living will be
25quite good enough for her. After all the great thing is that people
26should be glad to see you & have you. I am afraid Dr Jacobs is not
27having a very happy time at Port Elizabeth, among the anti-Dutch there.
28 I’ve given her a letter of introduction to Isie Smuts & Mary Sauer.
29I think she’s a wonderful woman. I am very glad to have met her.
31 Good bye, dear.
32 Love to Bill & Lyndall.
33 Olive