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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1892/10
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 2 August 1892
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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was mainly resident in Matjesfontein between December 1889 and December 1892, with some fairly lengthy visits elsewhere, including Cape Town.
1 Tuesday night
3 Dear Laddie
5 Thanks for thy note; its sweet of thee to say it matters whether I’m
6here or elsewhere.
8 Will you do something for me? The railway doctor passed yesterday & he
9says I must have some champagne. I don’t know if it will do me any
10good, but if you will send me up one bottle, good, I will try it.
11It’s no use trying Logan’s. Every thing here is bad. I don’t
12need more than one bottle. I know you won’t mind my asking you. You
13will know what kind is good. I got up on Sunday & went out, but my
14throat got so bad I had to come & get into bed again. I’m going to
15try & get up a little tomorrow I don’t mind about job or the
16franchise bill or anything any more!
18 Good bye dear. Your stupid
19 Olive
21 Dr Stevenson in Cape Town has been so kind & attentive in sending me
22medicines, & dear old Theo & you & every one has been so good to me. I
23know there was something else I wanted to ask you, but I can’t
24remember it now.
28 Love to all. Tell me any news you hear about Rhodes. Did Fred pass his
29exam? Give my love to Lady Loch when you see her.