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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1889/8
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date16 November 1889
Address FromCeres, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') 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.
1 Ceres
2 Nov 16 / 89.
4 Dear Will,
6 It was very good to get to know your wife & children. They are more to
7me that I could have dreamed they would be. I am longing for news of
8them which tomorrow will perhaps bring me, & of you.
10 I have been ill but am better since I got here. That glimpse of you
11served only to awaken a desire which it may be is not to be satisfied.
12if I may be gone before you return if you are to be away six months.
13Robert Hemming brought me up here. He has been very kind to me so has
14every one. It has been very good to be among them all.
16 I hope your trip is doing you. That it may do so is my only
17consolation at not seeing more of you. I have looked forward for years
18to having some talks with you.
20 I have a curious draw at my heart to those two children in town when I
21realize they are yours, but I think I should get to value them almost
22as much for their mother’s sake. She is very native to me.
24 The dear old sister Het is to be here on Tuesday. It will be a
25terrible disappointment to her & me if I cannot live at Vis-chhoek.
27 Good bye. I don’t know if this will ever find you. You won’t lose
28anything if it doesn’t.
29 Olive