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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/49
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date17 October 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.
1 De Aar
2 Oct 17th 1912
4 Dear Fan,
6 I’m certain its your birth-day ^all right^ because I’ve got it down
7in my book
. October the 20th - & what’s in a book must be true!! I
8hope you’ll have a real "happy day" as Dot & Little Will used to
9call it. I guess the two over the water will be thinking of you.
11 I’ve been watering the seeds you sent of the little vegetable
12marrows this evening. They ought to be up in a few days, with plenty
13of water & this great heat. The drought hear is fearful, but our wells
14are not giving in as some people’s are.
16 There is a terrible amount of sickness in de Aar. The doctors here say
17they have known nothing like it before: it is the drought & the dust.
18Five or six people are down in some house, & the Friedlanders have had
19to send for a special doctor from Kimberley for one of their little
20girls, who has a most strange kind of fever. The people aren’t all
21ill of the same thing – they seem to have every kind of complaint.
23 I hope you have good news of May Paisly. I felt very sorry for her.
24Only those who have gone through it can understand.
26 Please be sure to tell Will that Cron has won the prize the ^golf^ club
27gives here, at the end of every 6 months to the man who has the lowest
30 I am glad Will is playing a little. I am sure the golf has added years
31to Cron’s life: Have you started yet?
33 Good bye, dear. Many many long happy years to come with the children &
34the old man.
35 Olive
37 It’s about 10 ‘clock in the morning but too hot to go to bed.
39 "Ja – die sprink-haan en die drooghte - Is swaar op onse land - "