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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Katie Findlay MSC 26/2.14.12
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date31 May 1878
Address FromRatel Hoek, Halesowen, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToCatherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 22
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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
2May 31st 1878.
4My dear Katie!
6Many thanks for your letter. I thought you had almost forgotten me.
8I will send you another likeness as soon as I can get more from
9Queenstown. Please tell me which sort it was I sent you, & I will send
10you one of the other kind this time. Was I leaning over a chair, or
11was it just a head, alone?
13When-ever you have a chance you must be sure to have your own taken. I
14have not one of you, nor of John, nor of the dear little ones, except
17It is beginning to get very cold here & there is much sickness about,
18especially croup. Mr. Martin’s little boy of eleven years has had a
19very bad attack, & I hear that children in Cradock as old as thirteen
20^years^ have had it; This is very strange, as it seldom attacks children
21of more than seven years.
23I had a letter from dear Mamma by last post. She was pretty well, but
24suffering a little from sore eyes, & not feeling strong at all.
26I wish very much she could come up & visit me when the cold weather is
27over as I shall not be able to go down to Seymour till Christmas.
29I know the Martins would be very glad to see her. But travelling is so
30expensive & there are so few opportunities that I am half afraid she
31will not be able to manage it.
33I hope dear Katie it will not be so
35^long before I hear from you again. I am always very glad of your
38With love to all the dear little ones,
39I remain
40Your affecate sister,
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.