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Letter ReferenceFindlay Family A1199/1118
ArchiveWilliam Cullen Library, Historical Papers, University of the Witwatersrand
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateAugust 1872
Address FromHertzog, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToCatherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner
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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. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 My dearest Katie
3 I arrived in Hertzog yesterday & found your note waiting for me. I was
4truly glad to hear from you after your long silence, you see I lose no
5time in answering it.
7 I had a very cold wet journey down from Dordrecht & was most glad to
8get here & see dear Mamma once more after three years, for it is quite
9as long a time since I saw her last in Cradock. I found her looking
10well & not changed in any way; Papa you would not recognise at all
11with his large beard.
13 Hertzog is a very quiet little place but I think I shall like it much
14just on that account. I am so tired of town life that the prospect of
15a few months of quiet is delightful.
17 I was so glad to hear all your little ones were well; give my love to
18little Katie & tell her if I not to forget to write to me as she
21 I am going to have my photo taken tomorrow & will send you one if they
22turn out well, but I very much fear they will not as the photographer
23does not seem to be one of the first order.
25 Mamma & I are just saying how pleasant it would be if she & I could
26take a
28 ^?run up to Fraserburg for a week or two before I leave but really
29there is no way of doing it, one could as easily get to England as to
30that far off Fraserburg. How ever I hope one of these days I shall see
31you dear sister.
33 I must now close^
35 ^with much true love
37 I remain dearest Katie
38 Your ever affectionate sister
39 Olive
41 PS I was so glad to find dear Mamma in such a snug little house, it is
42a much^
44 ^more comfortable place than I expected to find.^