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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Katie Findlay MSC 26/2.14.9
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date27 January 1877
Address FromRatel Hoek, Halesowen, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToCatherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 20-1
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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. After the paragraph ending 'before I can see her again', a portion of this letter has been torn away.
1Rattel Hoek
2Jan. 27th 1877.
4My dear Katie!
6I have to thank you for a letter, & to tell you of my safe return from
7my wanderings.
9I enjoyed my stay with dear Mamma. She is far from strong but looking
10better than I had hoped to find her.
12She has some kind friends there, but is sadly alone & I can see no way
13in which we can manage to be together. I suppose I must wait patiently
14till June before I can see her again. [paper torn away]
16Love to all the little ones.
18I met at Mr. Fletcher in Queenstown who says that he knows John & all
19the Findlays very well. Does John still remember him?
21We are having splendid rains here & have more fruit than we know what
22to do with. I suppose you have plenty also at your farm. Do you often
23get into Fraserburg? Have you many visitors.
25Write soon & give me all your news dear Katie.
27Ever your loving sister
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.