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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box 12/Fold1/Undated/8
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 September 1896
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToFrances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz
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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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident at The Homestead, Kimberley, from mid 1894 to late 1898. The name of the addressee is indicated by content. The start of the letter is missing.
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5Give her much love when you write.
7The childrens photos have not come. I hope you didn’t give them away
8to someone else
10Cron has gone away to Hope Town to spend a few days with his dear old
11mother & sister. His visit has been put off & put off because of my
12not being well, but I made him go yesterday. I am always so afraid of
13getting selfish & trying to keep him too much to myself & being too
14happy myself & therefore thinking every body else must be happy too.
15But I’m so frightened to me that I don’t think I shall go very far
16that way.
18A friend of Cron’s has just sent me a present of a beautiful new
19Lady’s bicycle. It’s been the dream of my life to have one for years.
20I can’t believe I ^really^ have one now. Cron & I are going to start
21learning when he comes back. The doctor says it will be much better
22for me than walking. Perhaps we shall run down to Cape Town on our
23bikes some day. I’m afraid we shall not go out to England this year as
24we had hope, because I’m not able to go on with my work. But we’ll go
25next year, I hope.
27Has Cissy Joubert come back yet? I have fine nice photos of Emma &
28Charley Earp, but have not heard how they enjoyed the trip. I long so
29to go about to all the places where I used to be alone with Cron.
31Good bye my dear old sister. Write to me soon.
34Love to my dear old Will.