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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold4/1911/46
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 10 September 1911
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
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 has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. 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 Sunday
3 Dear old sister
5 Thank you for the interesting letter. I got a note from Ursie
6enclosing one from Lady Balfour to me, but havent had other news of
7our travellers. The dear old man has been too busy to write since I a
8nice long letter I got from him written on board ship telling of the
9sports & the children’s successes.
11 The barristers & judge left this morning.
13 Bill Stuart came a couple of times to see me. I felt so sorry for him
14he looked so awfully sad & troubled. He evidently loves Starr
17 He had one case here, not the murder case but another. Cron says his
18speech was much the best made by any young Barrister.
20 I hope Dot will keep the old man up to playing golf when he comes.
21It’s made a new man of Cron. You ought to learn to play too. I could
22play quite well, only it gives me a pain in my chest to use my arms.
24 I hope you will soon get rid of that noise in the ears. I had it for
25years & thought I was going to get deaf like Cousin Lily, but its
26quite left me now. Are you very careful never to take quinine? For
27years the doctors gave it me as a tonic, & I’m sure it had much to
28do with the noise. Some people are much more sensitive than others.
30 Mary Sauer passed here last night to see Dorothy Van Zÿl who is very
31dangerously ill with swelled white leg, after the birth of her child.
32It would be dreadful if she were to go & leave three tiny ones.
34 Good bye dear
35 "Alles ten besten"
36 Olive