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Letter ReferenceW.P. Schreiner BC112/B31/13
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date4 December 1907
Address FromPO Box 24, De Aar, Northern Cape
Address ToLyndall, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToUrsula Schreiner
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The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. The name of the addressee of this letter is derived from an attached envelope, which also provides the address it was sent to.
1 Box 24
2 de Aar
3 Dec 4th 1907
5 How are you all getting on, darling? We are flourishing here because
6we had half an inch of rain last Sunday – the first we have had
7since December nearly a year ago. I suppose you will soon be trekking
8to Muizenburg St James. I have got the asthma remedy Dad spoke about.
9So many people I know ^& so many I don’t know^ wrote telling me to get
10it that at last I wrote for it, & it really is wonder-ful. I am
11building up all kinds of day dreams on the strength of it – that I
12shall be able to come & spend some days with you at Lyndall & even a
13day at St James & do all kinds of lovely things. But I’ve only had
14it ten days so I won’t ?cackle till I’m out of the wood.
16 We have sunk a well here & are going to put up a wind-mill & then
17Uncle Cron is going to enclose our ground & build a little cottage, &
18I’ll make a nice garden. We’ve bought a little governess-cart &
19harness for £7, & Uncle Cron is going to buy a little horse, & when
20all is spick & - span you must come & visit me & we’ll drive about &
21see all the farms near. Has Dad given up the idea of your ^all^ going to
22Europe next year now he’s going into parliament I feel quite sure he
23will be returned with a big majority for Queens Town.
25 I am working hard at my book now I get my asthma remedy, I’m nearly
26half way through so perhaps in 1909 I’ll go to England, & then
27you’ll have to go with me, & we’ll have no end of a spree in
28London & Paris & Italy & Germany! I’ll be a blooming millionaire
29when my book’s done!
31 Good bye dear. I’ve given you all my news; give me all yours
32 Your small aunt Olive
The book Schreiner was 'hard at work' on is likely to have been From Man to Man.