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Letter ReferenceMacFarlane-Muirhead/25
ArchiveMacFarlane Collection
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date14 July 1914
Address FromGrand Hotel, Oberhof, Germany
Address To
Who ToRobert Franklin ('Bob') Muirhead
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The Project is grateful to Mrs Hazel MacFarlane for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter to Bob Muirhead, which is part of the MacFarlane family collection of Muirhead Papers, Special Collections, University of Glasgow Library. The letter is written on printed headed notepaper.
1Grand Hotel und Kurhaus
2Oberhof
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4July 14th 1914
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6Dear Bob thanks for your letter. As you will see I’m now in a little
7Thuringian village buried among the pine trees. Its not bad, but not
8like my dear Bad Nauheim. I was so well & so happy there.
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10Now as to my plans, I want to find a quiet place not too expensive
11where I can settle down & write a little, if I can. It seems to me it
12would be very nice if I could find such a place near Glasgow where I
13could sometimes see you people. I should so to know Lene & the
14children. But don’t take trouble about finding me a place. I don’t
15know yet quite when I will return or what I will do. It depends much
16on my brother’s movements who is now here with me. If he goes to
17Sweeden next week, as he half talks of doing, I shall return to
18England next week, if he stays on I shall. I’ll write & tell you as
19soon as I know, but I’m so afraid of your spending valuable time &
20thought for nothing.
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22If do come I think I should like to be near the sea, but any place
23that is stimulating & airy (like Whitby). I should like, & I
24shouldn’t like a place where I had a long walk to get to train or
25boat, - as the doctors say I must not walk much. I love lakes & little
26rivers with little steamers on them better than anything, being on
27water if it’s calm is so lovely & rest-ful.
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29Its funny that as I get older I get more & more so-ciable! I suppose
30my character is weaking. When I was young I could spend months quite
31alone without ever longing for human companionship – now I seem to
32care so much for it. Of course I could work more before my heart got
33weak; & when one is buried in work one can never feel lonely.
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35Isn’t dear old Edward splendid? He seems to me more lovable & full
36of life & genius than when I first saw him.
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38Good bye. You don’t say anything about the invention so I suppose
39there’s nothing to say.
40Olive
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