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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/48
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 18 November 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 Tuesday morning
3 Dear Fan
5 I am sending off today three pacages by goods train addressed to Villa
6Flandre. I expect I shall be there before them, but if they should
7come before I do, please pay for them & I’ll pay you when I come. Its
8safer not to pay for them before sending.
10 Don’t trouble to order the milk for me dear. Some one advised me to
11try larger beer instead of milk for these intestinal pains. I have
12been taking it for three days now, & it’s too wonderful, the pain has
13entirely left me for the first time for over a year! Sometimes the
14attacks are so bad I simply roll on the ground like a person in labour
15pains. It’s mysterious that such a simple thing should help it so much,
16 after all the medicines I have tried which have done me not a bit of
17good. Of course it may not keep on helping me; many things help for a
18time & then leave off. but its wonderful. Old Ohlsson will have to
19give me a thousand pounds for an advertisement "Olive Schreiner cured,
20by Ohlsson’s lager Beer"!!! "Drink nothing but Ohlsson’s Lager Beer"!!!
21 Its very hot here today nearly 100 in the cool shade on the stoep in
22the corner where the sun never comes, but I’m packing & putting the
23house neat, & destroying old things.
25 Good bye, dear. I hope I shall still be so well when I arrive in Cape
28 Your little sister
29 Olive