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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/51
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateDecember 1913
Address FromRMS Edinburgh Castle
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 month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Edinburgh Castle
2 Day before crossing the line
4 Dear Laddie
6 I’m writing now as it may be too late hot later on & I want to post
7at Madiera.
9 We’ve had a wonderfully clam voyage. The stewardess says many people
10have been sea sick, but I have not felt the motion at all. My cabin is
11delightfully airy; the wind blows though day & night. I couldn’t
12have believed there could be such a cabin on board ship I’ve only
13been on deck twice since the first day to sit in my comfortable chair,
14but if the heat increases I’ll get the captains permission to sleep
15in it when the other people leave the deck. I haven’t spoken to any
16one on board except the Captain who came to speak to me the first day;
17& a Mrs ?Bromley put her head in at my window yesterday to ask how I
18was. So I’ve no boardship news to give! My intercourse with humanity
19consists entirely in giving orders to the stewardess & bedroom-steward,
20 for sodas & tonic waters. They are taking the tonic water today; it
21is good, quite picks one up. Tucker has ?brought the asthma down
22splendidly. The voyage is now one third over & a little more.
24 Thank you so, dear, for all your goodness to me. You don’t know what
25it means to me to have that Will made.
27 I wonder if you or Mrs Molteno spoke to the Captain about me for
28he’s been very kind, sending up every two day through the stewardess
29to know if I had everything I wanted. You are so good dear, & one is
30able to do nothing for you in return.
32 I cant realize I shall be in England in ten days time
33 Your little sister
34 Ol
36 I send you a bit of Cron’s letter which I got on board about Ol. How
37we all seem to build up hopes on that young life. He is one of those
38people of whom you feel anything is possible: he has the deep heart &
39the strong head which must go together to make ^the really great man.^