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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/27
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 16 June 1912
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 afternoon
3 Dear Fan
5 I got here about 11 this morning after a very comfortable journey with
6a carriage quite to myself; & found all the family well.
8 It is now about 20 to five, & we are having one of the most tremendous
9hail storms I have ever known. The stones, as big as large pigeons
10eggs smashed some of the windows before I could get them the shutters
11closed, the whole earth is as white as after an immense snow storm. I
12only remember one fall of hail like this in my life – which perhaps
13Will will also remember at Heald Town. Cron is out playing a golf
14match, but I hope he has taken shelter at Mr Drysdale’s - the
15magistrates house. Thank you so much for all your kindnesses to me
16dear old sister. I hope you will soon feel quite strong after your bad
19 The hail is beginning to leave off but my poor garden is buried in
20hail & everything knocked to bits. I am very glad I didn’t stay
21longer. Old man Cron seemed so glad to have me back.
23 Good bye
24 Alles ten besten
25 Olive