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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Will Schreiner
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date20 October 1875
Address FromGanna Hoek, Halesowen, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will', 'WP') Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 18-19
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The Project is grateful to the National English Literary Museum (NELM) for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections.
1 Ganna Hoek
2 Oct 20th 1875
4 My dear old Will!
6 The Fouches are going into Cradock to have their baby baptised & I
7must take advantage of my chance & send you in a few lines.
9 Many thanks for your letter. I suppose you are now in your new
10quarters which I hope you find comfortable & to your taste. What sort
11of persons are the Doctor & his wife? Do you board with them? or have
12your meals alone, just as you would at another boarding house? What
13part of the Town are you in?
15 Alice & Robert must now be in Town. Do you see much of them? Is not
16Winnie a little beauty? Give my love to A - & tell her that the last
17letter I have from her is dated the 26th of July so I am beginning to
18despair of ever hearing from her again.
20 I hope I shall be able to go into Cradock soon. I have only been in
21once in the eighteen months I have been here & I want to have my photo
22taken for Mamsy. I will if they are at all at all good send you one.
23I am going to have a look for dear little Prue's grave too. I wish I
24could keep a dog here, but pets give you no end of misery - if you are
25staying in another's house so I must wait for that pleasure till the
26golden day comes when I live in a little room all by my-self & be free
27freer freest,
29 Of course you have read Ettie's speech. What do you think of it?
30People in Cradock think its very clever good & good & talk ever so
31much of it.
33 I have half an idea of joining the G.T.'s but hardly think it would be
34right I'm not in earnest enough about it, & its no use putting your
35hand to work unless your heart can guide it as well as your head. Are
36you joining? Are they strong in Cape Town? I should hardly think so.
38 Mrs Cawood sent me word the other evening that her children were ill
39so I went over & she & I sat up chatting all night & when I home
40started at sunrise & she came with me half way. She is such a dear
41noble unreadable woman, she is quite converting my woman hatred into
42woman love. A sex that can contain such women as she & Ettie cannot be
43quite an invention of the devil though I still think he must have been
44very active about the time she came into existence.
46 I'm desperately back achey this afternoon & mean to go & lie down all
47little now - One of the girls let a box fall on my back a week or so
48ago, & ever since if I try to sit too long it gets very bad.
50 Good bye my own old Bro. This is a scrappy scatter brain letter but
51you must answer it very quickly
53 Your loving old sissie
54 Olive
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.