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Letter ReferenceFindlay Family A1199/1153
ArchiveWilliam Cullen Library, Historical Papers, University of the Witwatersrand
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date1 January 1873
Address FromNew Rush, later Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToCatherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 7-8
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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 New Rush
2 Jan 1st 1873
4 My dearest Katie!
6 I have just got your kind letter for which many thanks. I've only time
7to day for a line, to wish you all a happy new year, I wish I could
8spend part of the day with you at Fraserburg. here we are having a
9frightfully hot day & will I hope have a storm this afternoon. We are
10all pretty well, that is for the fields. We are none of us in bed,
11which is more than most people here can say, still I like the Fields
12much, & more every day.
14 You can have no idea unless you have seen them what they are like
15Ettie & I lost our way a night or two ago & were wandering about for
16an hour or two before we got home; in that part of the camp which we
17call the town it is easy enough to find your way about even at night,
18but in the real camp it is hard work.
20 We are finding very few diamonds & when they are found can get very
21little for them. I don't think diamond digging is paying work at all
24 I must close now dearest Katie. With much fond love to the dear little
25ones & your self.
27 Believe me to be ever your loving sister
28 Olive
30 Excuse haste the post is just going.
Rive's (1987) version of this letter is in a number of respects incorrect.