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Letter ReferenceW.P. Schreiner BC112/B31/15
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 26 February 1909
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address ToSt James, Kalk Bay, Western Cape
Who ToFrances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz
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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 date of this letter is derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address it was sent to. Schreiner was resident in De Aar from November 1907 until she left South Africa for Britain and Europe in December 1913, but with some fairly lengthy visits elsewhere over this time.
1 Friday
3 Dear old Sister
5 Thankyou so much for going to that hotel for me. I think I shall be
6leaving this for Cape Town on the 24th & the wandering Jew will turn
7up at Villa Flandre soon after that date. The heat here is great &
8oppressive but I suppose it is so everywhere now.
10 I feel so sorry leaving Cron here - but I’ve taught the girl to make
11good bread & to do the meat the way he likes it. He will be coming
12down to Cape for Xmas & New Year, so he will get a bit of a change.
14 I am longing to hear more news about the children from Will. But I
15expect the old man is so busy now he won’t have much time for
16talking. I’m sorry I shan’t be in town to go to court when his
17case about the colour question comes on, & I shall be just too late to
18see Maud Allen. Personally I think I should dislike her because
19she’s a great friend of Asquiths – whom I am not drawn to.
21 "Alles ten besten" dear
22 Olive