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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/30
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date29 August 1913
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
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.
1 De Aar
2 Aug 29th 1913
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4 My dear dear friend
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6 Writing seems so difficult to me now-a-days or I should have written
7long ago. I shall try to stay on here till the heat drives me away. It
8is quite likely I shall go to England or rather Europe in December.
9Emily Hobhouse will arrive in Africa on the 21st & is returning to
10England on the 24th of December, & she wants me to return in the same
11steamer. But if I go go I shall I fear have to leave not later than
12the 2nd of Dec. because of the heat. She has to unveil the Monument to
13the Boer Women & children at Bloemfontein on the 16th so can't leave
14sooner. I wonder if you went to your gathering at Johannesburg & if it
15was good & you enjoyed it. It will be nice to see Mrs Pethick-Lawrence
16& Mrs Brockhurst in England. But if I go I shall only be in England
17for a few days & then go straight on to Italy. I long for the still
18cool air of the Riviera. How are all the dear children? You don't know
19how often I think of you all.
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21 Olive
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23 ^Ruth Alexander is coming on Wednesday to spend a week at the hotel &
24come & see me every day; & the the dear Purcells with Walter &
25Margaretha are coming on the 19th to spend a week at the Hotel; so I
26am going to be quite dissipated. I expect you will have a lovely
27garden at the new farm where you will have no frost to kill your work.
28My garden isn't much this year, but the violets were wonderful. I
29never saw such large fine violets any where.^
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