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Letter ReferenceLytton 01229/8
ArchiveLytton Family Papers, Knebworth
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date23 September 1893
Address FromNew College, Eastbourne, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToConstance Lytton
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The Project is grateful to the Knebworth House Archive (www.knebworthhouse.com) for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter to Lady Constance Lytton, which is part of the Knebworth collections.
1New College
2Eastbourne
3Sep 23 / 93
4
5Dear Con,
6
7I shall be coming up to see Adela if possible some day after the
8second of October. I can’t quite yet say which day. But could you if I
9let you know some days before hand let me see you there too. I don’t
10suppose we shall ever meet again if I go out to the Cape now, & I’d
11like to see you.
12
13It would be beautiful if I could have you here for a day in the quiet
14of the country & I love this place with its quiet old downs, but I
15suppose there’s no hope of that.
16
17I sail on Saturday the 7th of October. My going out is not a secret.
18But no one knows that I am likely to be married a few weeks after I
19get out there, & please tell no one, as there is one thing which might
20possibly cause me to change my plans.
21
22I shall live on a very solitary desolate farm far up in the karroo; if
23I do marry: & if I don’t I shall buy a little farm & live there by
24myself.
25
26Dear life is very curious; it seems as though something over which one
27had no control led one forward.
28
29Thank you again for your last ^letter. Olive^
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31^Please give my love to your mother & tell her I’m going, & say if
32there is any little parcel she would like sent out I’d like to take it.^
33
34Won’t you give me your photograph
35