"My arms stretching out to Alice Greene; if I could put my love into words, must feel it coming to you across the miles" Read the full letter
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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1890/12
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateDecember 1890
Address FromMatjesfontein, 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. The month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The start of the letter is missing.
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3 & Theo told me when she died & repeated it to me again in England that
4Alice left the children to him as much as to Ettie – however what does
5it matter – let it go. I will not trouble my-self. They were not left
6to me. There is one thing that always makes me very tender over Theo,
7& ought to make anyone, that he has not been really fitted for any
8profession, that he must always work below himself. That’s very hard
9for a man, or a woman.
11 Tuesday My dear friend has been & gone. I think I never enjoyed a
12three days more. We went one long beautiful walk in the veld. He is
13one of the very few humanbeings who enjoys nature exactly in the same
14way I do.
16 We have got a splendid new cook so all our eating troubles are at an
19 The station is now to be opened on the 22nd.
21 Good night old man. Such a lovely English mail this morning. If asthma
22will keep away I want no thing else but this earth for my heaven. It’s
23curious that no one has yet ever seen in the "African Farm" what it is,
24 a bitter cry against the power of the unreadable disease & suffering
25over the spirit. In my heaven as I picture it, the first condition is
26that everyone can breathe, that no one is suffocating.
28 Your little sister
29 Olive