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Letter ReferenceMary Gladstone (Mrs Drew) Add. 46244, f.184
ArchiveBritish Library, Department of Manuscripts, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date28 June 1911
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Drew nee Gladstone (m. 1886)
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The Project is grateful to the British Library for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections.
1 De Aar
2 June 28th 1911
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4 Dear Mrs Drew
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6 I don't think you can understand at all what a bitter disappointment
7it was to me not to see you. I've been in bed since the day after I
8returned from the falls, till yesterday. I did so want to see you I
9almost let you come to see me in bed, but my temperature was 104 & I
10couldn't have understood anything clearly.
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12 I do hope when you come to Africa again I shall see more of you. You
13don't know what it means to me to see some one "from England". Long
14ago, when the dear Lochs were here, it was to me at least, a very
15different country. Now it is sad & cracking beyond all words.
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17 Good bye. I do hope you have had a good time & will come back soon.
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19 Yours ever
20 Olive Schreiner
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