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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/45
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 23 September 1912
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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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.
1 De Aar
2 Monday evening
4 My own old Laddie
6 This letter will reach you just after you have parted with your boy, &
7a big bit of yourself will be speeding over the water northward in the
8ship with him. He’s a splendid spirit; very near my ideal of a man. I
9am so thankful Ursie is with him in England. If she were not going to
10study I should wish him to be there just that the two might be
11together. With his intense & emotional nature women will be his one
12difficulty. All his life will depend on his finding the right woman.
13Ursies love & companionship will do something to satisfy that intense
14craving, which must & ought to exist in a nature like his for woman’s
15love & companionship & may help him to wait till he is more fully
16developed emotionally & intellectually before he binds himself. That
17is why I am so glad Ursie is going to stay on at Cambridge. For her
18also his companionship is splendid.
20 You don’t know what a streak of sunshine your visit was in my lonely
21life. I’ve only three times spoken to any one since you left. Cron has
22been busy at the court, dining with Magregor or at the hotel & not
23back till nine or ten at night.
25 Will Stuart turned up here about 6 in the morning just as I was going
26to knead my bread to greet me before he left for the other circuit.
27Mrs Magregor was coming to see me, but when she got half way the wind
28& dust turned her back. She came the next morning for a minute to say
29good bye. Yesterday Magregor came up yesterday afternoon to have tea
30with Cron & they went for a long walk afterwards but I was not well
31enough to go in. In the evening ?Toms came up; he is going to marry
32one of Cron’s 150 cousins next November. He doesn’t seem wanting in
33smartness, but isn’t quite a gentleman – what is it that is wanting in
34so many young colonial young men?
36 All the family are well. The new kitten getting fatter & fatter!
38 Good bye dear. Don’t work too hard. A cracked glass lasts as long as
39another is you use it carefully – but it breaks if you put too much
40pressure on it.
42 Ol.