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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1890/2
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday April 1890
Address Fromna
Address To
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 month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was mainly resident in Matjesfontein from March 1890 to December 1892, with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere, including Cape Town.
1 Friday morning
3 Dearest Fan,
5 I am leaving on Monday morning for Cradock for a few days, & am going
6on to see Mother as soon as I get better.
8 Will you, darling, send my basket of wash clothes off by Saturday
9nights train. I enclose 4/- Please give ?Nipht 1/- for taking it down
10to station. I want the things to take with me.
12 If Miss Frazer sends for some stuff please send her the light coloured
13of the two Alpacas I left in the little draw in Fred’s room. How are
14all our little ones? I shall be glad to hear of you from Frank Gee
17 Thine dear always
18 Olive
20 ^Please put in the basket the roll of cotton wool if I left it about &
21the New Review with the funny little picture. Dr Stevenson has been so
22kind & attentive; he says I must try a change. Love to dear old
23?Harman & all.^
The copy of the New Review referred to is most likely the issue in which the first part of Schreiner's allegory "The Sunlight Lay Across My Bed" appeared; see: "The Sunlight Lay Across My Bed; Part I - Hell" New Review vol 1, no.11, April 1890, pp.300-309; and "The Sunlight Lay Across My Bed; Part II - Heaven" New Review vol 1, no.11, May 1890, pp.423-431. This allegory also appears in Dreams.