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Letter ReferenceNLSAOlive Schreiner: EL to C-S MSC 26/2.16/84
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 25 June 1903
Address FromUitkyk, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
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The Project is grateful to the National Library of South Africa (NLSA), Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections. This letter by Olive Schreiner is contained among some hundreds of typescripted extracts which were produced by Cronwright-Schreiner using original letters when he was preparing The Life... (1924) and The Letters of Olive Schreiner (1924). Generally he then destroyed the originals, although in this case he preserved Schreiner’s entire handwritten letter, although its end may be missing. Cronwright-Schreiner has written the date on the letter.
1 P.O Uitkyk
2 Thursday Morning
4 My husband,
6 I had a bad day yesterday with the mierkats. Early in the morning I
7took them for a walk. Neta ran away about 2 miles farther towards some
8hill where Miss Molteno & Miss Greene had gone for a walk & ‘Arriet
9set off after her in wild haste (you know how fond she is of Neta!) &
10Tommie & Emmie followed. I followed them for about a mile up hill &
11down over stones & gullies & kopjes at last my heart got so bad I had
12to give in, & the last I saw was three little figures disappearing
13over a distant horizon. In the afternoon I went out to look for them.
14Coming down a hill about 2 miles from this I found Emmie (just at sun
15set) wandering alone in the big veld. I brought her home. I must have
16walked quite 10 miles yesterday after them. This morning early,
17looking out of my window I saw Tommies little figure coming alone down
18the road round the corner of the dam. ^It was Tommie^ I have him now
19safe in the cage by Emmie. I am very anxious about ‘Arriet because she
20is the one wild animals would easily catch, as she can’t run; & it
21seems so unlikely that Tommie would have left her & come home. I am
22just starting off with Neta. Miss M & G have gone for a walk - or
23would I know send messages.
25 I am. If you should ever want to send a wire Address Schreiner.
26 Uitkyk
27 Fraserburg Rd
29 Please If sending pleas remember it must be sent so as to arrive here
30by the train which passes Fraserburg Rd. at 12. If the wire misses
31that train I shall not get it till 12 the next day.
33 ^I am so glad you are feeling a little better but am much concerned
34that you are not sleeping well. Good by my husband. Your Olive.^
36 ^I have ordered the papers to be sent to Oom Jan’s address Jan Cilliers
37/ unreadable, Hanover.^
39 ^Would you please send ^order^ me some samples of tobacco. I want some of
40that mild navy cut at 8/- a pound but can’t remember the shop from
41which we got the samples.^
43[page/s missing]