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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/39
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date27 June 1911
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToMinnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 302
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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. Schreiner was resident in De Aar from November 1907 until she left South Africa for Britain and Europe in December 1913, but with some fairly lengthy visits elsewhere over this time.
1 June 27th 1911
3 Dear Mrs Murray
5 My trip to the Falls was too splendid, but I've been in bed ever since
6I came back with bronchitis. I only got up yesterday I wanted to write
7& tell the children about the wonderful trip, & how we were nearly all
8drowned. The steamer launch we were in ^broke down^ & we were drifting
9into the falls when some natives in canoes came & saved us.
11I'll write as soon as I can.
13 No, dear friend, I don't want to have anything directly or indirectly
14to do with the Woman's Enfranchisement League. I'll explain to you
15when I can write why.
17 Dear Ida Hyett is coming the end of this week from Pretoria to spend a
18week at the hotel to see me. Its a great joy. I only hope I will be
19well enough to make the visit a little bright for her. Her address is
20304 Prinsloo St, Pretoria but you'd better write to her here, to my
21care & I'll send it on if she's gone.
23 Anna Purcell goes to England next month I think by the same steamer my
24brother & his children go by. I do hope Andre is going to use her
25wonderful abilities & real intellect & study to fit herself for some
26profession. It doesn't stand in the way of marriage, it helps towards
27a wise happy marriage.
29 I am so thankful our dear little Kathie escaped the terrible danger of
30her eye being permanently injured. I've so much to say but can't say
31it now.
33 Love to all.
34 Olive Schreiner
36 There was a cousin of your husbands, a Mr J. Murray, such a charming
37man with a charming wife in the train going to the falls. He's an
Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) version of this letter is incorrect in various respects.