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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box 12/Fold1/Undated/25
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMarch 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 have been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident at The Homestead, Kimberley, from mid 1894 to late 1898. The end of the letter is missing.
1My dear dear Friend
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3I have just got your little line added to Dr Brown’s letter. Oh the
4unspeakable comfort of thinking that your lad passed from you with
5your mother love folded about him as it were.
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7It was so merciful that you had him at the last. And he would have
8wished it so, with his great love for you.
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10I never saw those mentions in the Cape Times you wrote of; & had hoped
11none had appeared, It is all rest for him now, from a world that was
12too difficult for him, this hard old world with its heavy
13responsibilities & complexities. Willie always seemed to me like a boy,
14 I can never think of him as anything else.
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16I believe you will now come back to old Africa some day; but, oh how
17thankful I am you went home so that the lad might be with you.
18
19I send you a little cutting from a Paper about him.
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21I am a little anxious about our old Doctor as he says in his letter
22that he had a carbuncle in his neck. If you can’t either of you write,
23or don’t feel inclined
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