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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1889/1
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date1889
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToMary Brown nee Solomon
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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 year has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 My beautiful old Friend,
3 I’ve got so much to say & can’t write it. I feel strangely drawn
4to your boy. unreadable I want if he & Ray go to las Oxford to give
5them a letter to a frien great friend, one of the finest women in
6England who is just going to marry a professor there. Their house will
7be a centre of intellectual light & earnestness. His house was so in
8his first wife’s time, & this one is a much more earnest & strong
9woman. It will be a great thing just what act he gets into at first.
10You know if he should not have passed I couldn’t let you do anything
11in the money way for Alice, the great thing the love the sympathy the
12advice she would always have from you, & how grateful I feel you
13can’t guess. In one way, I feel contact with you will help her
14almost more or at least as much as much as all our Dr Brown can do for
15her. She has such longing for love & sympathy & such a strong reserved
16nature she can’t show it.
18 I do not know how I should have got through these ten days, without
19the feeling of great rest that comes to me whenever I think of you two
20being here. You know I have no friends who are my friends at all in
21the way you are. It’s the feeling one has to one’s own family.
22Will you unreadable write letter to my brother & ask him for the
23prelude. I wish you knew a little more of him because you would help
24him. He needs women friends more than any man, & he likes you ?more
27^any friends whom I’ve told him of. ^
29 Good bye. My little ferns are so fresh.
30 Olive
'The prelude' referred to is in From Man to Man.