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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Katie Findlay MSC 26/2.14.11
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date18 March 1878
Address FromRatel Hoek, Halesowen, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToCatherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 21-2
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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.
1Ratel Hoek
2March 18 / 78
3
4My dear Katie!
5
6Many thanks for the letter which Mamma has just sent me. I was glad to
7see you had not quite forgotten me. I shall be very glad of the photos
8you mention. Please send them as soon as you can. I am very glad to
9hear that you are all still well & that your dear children at school
10are making good progress. I should much like to see you all again.
11
12We have had splendid rains & the country is looking beautiful. It was
13too dry for the orange trees to blossom at the right time - but they
14are all in blossom now. As I sit writing the sweet scent comes in at
15my window.
16
17I feel very anxious about Mamma. Not that there is any danger where
18she is, but the excitement may do her harm. I do hope this war will
19soon be over.
20
21Please write as soon as you are able; & believe me to remain, dear
22Katie,
23Your ever aff:cte
24sister
25Olive Schreiner
26
27Love to the little ones.
28
29^I send you a photo. I hope you will like it.^
30
Notation
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.