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Letter ReferenceMary Gladstone (Mrs Drew) Add. 46244, ff.155-156
ArchiveBritish Library, Department of Manuscripts, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 January 1888
Address FromAlassio, Italy
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 Alassio
2 Italy
3 Jan 5 / 88
4
5 Dear Mrs Drew
6
7 I take the great liberty of sending you a little dream printed long
8ago in my brothers little school magazine. I don't send it because it
9is of any interest, but because I want an excuse for writing to you.
10I'm so afraid I didn't express to you how glad I was to get your note,
11& how pleased I felt that you cared to see anything of mine. I liked
12your letter so much that I sent it to my little mother who lives in a
13convent in Africa, & with whom I share everything that gives me
14particular pleasure.
15
16 Please do not trouble to reply to this letter or return the magazine I
17am only so distressed to think perhaps I did not express what I felt
18to you.
19
20 Please believe me,
21 Yours faithfully
22 Olive Schreiner
23
Notation
Which particular 'little dream' Schreiner mentions having published in the New College Magazine cannot be established.