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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: John & Mary Brown MSC 26/2.2.14
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date14 October 1903
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToJohn Brown and Mary Brown nee Solomon
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The Project is grateful to the National Library of South Africa (NLSA), Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections.
1 Hanover
2 Oct 14 / 03
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4 My very dear Friends,
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6 I wonder if you have gone abroad to Italy now. I wonder how you are I
7want so to know. Letter writing has been such an absolute
8impossibility to me, but now I have got a little Bushgirl of about 10
9(she looks much younger, but she is that though so small) & she
10fetches my water & cleans my pots, & that just makes life manageable.
11She lifts the pots on & off the fire & the buckets of water & that
12saves me so much. I begin to feel full of hope if only I can keep her.
13We are in our dear little tiny cottage, which I like so much because
14it feels like a tent on the veld, the sunshine & wind & air go right
15through it
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17 Cron is having a hard time with business worries, but he is looking
18much better & more his old self than he has ever done since he came
19back from that awful visit to England. Please tell me a little about
20yourself. How does our Ray get on in Natal. I shall be so glad if ever
21I hear she has a little one, because it will so perfect & complete her
22life; & it will be a joy to you two dear ones too.
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24 I shall write again soon.
25 Olive
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27 Mrs & Dr Brown
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