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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/19
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date18 September 1911
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToMinnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes
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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. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Dear Mrs Murray
3 I was so glad to get your letter this morning.
5 I've not sent your letter to Miss Hyett waiting to write to you first.
6She told me she couldnt accept your invitation if you asked her
7because she had promised to spend her holidays at Xmas with her dear
8friend a Miss Leach whith with whom she lives, & the young man to whom
9Miss Leach is engaged. I wanted her to come to Cape Town if I was
10there but she said she could only come if they were willing to come to
11Cape Town too. So its not much use your asking her unless you could
12invite the other two who would fill up all your house. I shan't be
13able to come dear friend. I wont try the Eastern Province again in
14summer I'll come & see you some day in the winter when you are living
15down at the lower farm!, or in the early spring before the rains come.
16I never seem to have got over all the rain in the Eastern Province
17last summer, it poured all the while at Somerset & at Cradock till I
18came back here in despair. This summer I am going to try Blauwberg
19(the opposite side of Table Bay). My sister Mrs Lewis finds it suits
20her heart better than any place she has staid in. She is trying to get
21me a room in a cottage there where I shall sort of camp, doing my
22cooking on a parafine stove. I feel If that doesn't suit me I don't
23know where I shall go.
25 I'm so sorry to hear you've all been so ill. I hope that the sea will
26set you all up. Here the veld is lovely & the weather better than
27usual at this time of year.
29 Ruth Alexander didn't come after all. But I had my darling Lyndall for
30two weeks the happiest fortnight I have known for years. I shall spend
31a couple of weeks at my brother's at Newlands & a week with dear
32Minnie de Villiers before I go to Blauwberg. I do wish you were all
33coming there for the Xmas holidays. It's a splendid beach for camping
34out they say! So wild you can go bare foot & do what you like.
36 Love to all you dear, dear, people.
37 Olive