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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1890/4
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypePostcard
Letter Date31 May 1890
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To66 Bank Parade, Burnley, Lancashire
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 postcard, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. The name of the addressee and the address this postcard was sent to are on its front.
1 Matjesfontein
2 May 31 / 90
4 I’m so glad to have your letter & Will’s. I will write a long letter
5soon, but my old enemy has had me again. I am waiting for Alice to
6find a cure for it!! I think I read your letter over about 10 times as
7I was ill in bed, & when I got to the end I began again. I shall be so
8glad when the summer comes. The Karroo plants are coming out so nice
9after the rain. I’m so glad you like Heaven. No one seems to like it
10as much as Hell & I like it so much better, especially
12^the last little bit.^
The references to Heaven and Hell are to the two parts of Schreiner's allegory 'The sunlight lay on my bed'.