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Letter ReferenceFindlay Family A1199/1067
ArchiveWilliam Cullen Library, Historical Papers, University of the Witwatersrand
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date12 October 1871
Address FromDordrecht, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToCatherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 4-5
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The Project is grateful to the William Cullen Library, University of Johannesburg, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Historical Papers.
1 Dordrecht
2 Oct 12th 1871
4 My dearest Katie!
6 I have not heard from you for some time, but I know you must find more
7than enough to enough to do with your six little ones & can have very
8little time for letter writing.
10 I am now as see from the date of my letter at Dordrecht, where I shall
11stay for some time with my friends, the Robinsons. I am teaching their
12two little girls for which they give me £30 a year, they wished me to
13live with them just as one of the family but I preferred coming to
14some definite arrangement. I think it is always best.
16 We are having dreadfully cold weather here, we have had incessant rain
17& snow for a week, & I don't know how much longer it is going to last.
19 I am expecting to hear from Tattie tomorrow I suppose she will have
20returned to Aliwal by this time, I am so anxious to hear what she is
21going to do now. I don't fancy she will stay in Aliwal if she can help
22it poor dear thing. I wish I could spend this afternoon with her.
24 Don't forget to give Aunt Olive's love to all the dear little ones;
25whom I wish I could take a peep at you all. I hope my little Olive is
26growing nicely as soon as she is old enough do have her likeness taken,
27 & send me one, also those of the other children when you have them
30 I must close now dear sister, do write to me as soon as you can.
32 I am, with fond love,
33 Your affectate sister
34 Olive A. Schreiner
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.