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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/18
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 9 May 1913
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 Friday
3 Dear Fan
5 I spent all yesterday trotting up & down to the station. At 11
6o’clock I went in the morning thinking Will might be coming by that
7train as I’d had no answer from Dot about his coming. He wasn’t in
8the train & I returned sorrowful. At 1 o’clock Dots wire came saying
9he would come in the evening. At 6:30 6 o’cl I went down to meet you,
10 as you told me you would pass de Aar on Thursday & that’s the only
11train you could come by. I took you down some "pad kost" some homemade
12ginger preserve & biscuits, & a loaf of brown-bread & a bottle of
13fresh milk, & a bunch of flowers for Hubert Suttons friend; but alas
14when I got there I met Mrs Fuller who told me you had passed on
15Wednesday! She was coming from East London too, & had seen Kitty. I
16waited unreadable
I went to the library till 8:30 when Will’s train
17came. I saw him only for a few minutes as they were late, & had to
18make up time. ?Hall was on board & we spoke a few words to him. W I am
19glad you have got a friend to stay with a bit; it would be very lonely
20for you with Will away all day & Dot gone. I suppose she will be away
21about a month. I hope Oliver will come then you be quite set up with
22your two youngest. The weather is fine here, otherwise there’s no
23news. Cron plays as much golf as he can I’m so glad for him to have
24it his life is very monotonous here. He is going away to Bedford this
25month to a golf match; & will be gone some days.
27 Good bye dear. I hope you enjoyed your visit very very much. So sorry
28I didn’t see you.
29 Olive
31 ^Will said he passed you somewhere on the road.^