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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box 12/Fold1/Undated/12
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateApril 1898
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Brown nee Solomon
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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 and the name of the addressee of this letter have been written on in an unknown hand, with ‘Mrs Brown’ written by Schreiner on the side of paper and visible when folded. Schreiner was resident at The Homestead, Kimberley, from mid 1894 to late 1898.
1^Mrs Brown^
3My own dear Friend
5When I am awake with the asthma at night I am always thinking of you.
6I hope none of the letters you have got from the Cape have caused you
7pain Oh I never can understand why you two should have been caused to
8taste this bitter cup.
10It would be almost a comfort to me if I could feel “Well, they may
11perhaps need all this anguish to make them think a little of others,
12” but for you ^two^ whose whole lives have been devoted to others,
13whose sympathies are already so wide & tender; I cannot reconcile all
14this suffering with any necessity.
16Good bye my dear beautiful old friend