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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1890/7
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date6 October 1890
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToJohn Brown and Mary 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.
1 Matjesfontein
2 Oct 6 / 90
4 My dear dear Friends
6 I have just had a dreadful blow lying on the sofa I took up a paper, &
7saw what I could hardly believe, your name as owning many 209 shares
8in the Cape of Good Hope Bank. I could not believe it at first. I made
9so sure that you had told me that all your shares were in the Standard
10Bank. I really do not know what to say. It is not as if Dr Brown were
11a young man just beginning life, but to have one may say the careful
12hard earnt savings of a life thrown away. It does seem to me one of
13the hardest things I have ever had to see. Of course other people have
14lost too, but I do not believe there is one who has used their money
15so nobly as you two.
17 Will you please write & tell me just how things stand with you? I
18don’t know what to do for Alice. If I can I shall borrow money here
19for her. Oh my dear generous friends, I know you will make the best of
20it, but this is a terrible blow, & Willie’s medical education is
21only just beginning!
23 Do drop me a line soon. I suppose you will have to pay up about
26 Do write & let me hear just how it is with you.
28 Yours with tenderest love & sympathy.
29 Olive
31 Perhaps if you were married by antinuptual contract, it will be all
32right as far as paying the 6000 goes?