"Trying to help Will Schreiner politically; I want 'She wrote Peter Halket' on my grave; it's what it cost me" Read the full letter
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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1892/13
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date24 September 1892
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Matjesfontein
3 Darling old Fan
5 Thanks for parcel. Tell ?Harmony the chutney is lovely. I sent a box
6this morning with some flowers for Dot & Will & two little images the
7girl for Dot, the Man for Will. I am coming down to see you dear. I do
8wish Cape Town was nearer so that one could sometimes just run down
9for a day.
11 I am going to Kimberley on the 2nd of Oct, for two days only. The
12return fare from this is only £2.10 so I must take advantage of it if
13I ever wish to see Kimberley I am going to stay with Dr & Mrs
14?Hilliers. I should like to come down in time to spend Dots birthday
15with you. I suppose Will will return with Sir Henry at the end of Nov.
16or beginning of Dec. will he not?
18 Give my love to all the dear folk. I think so often of Mr Gie, I think
19the terrible thing is that one can do so little to make them
20comfortable with that awful disease. Would he be able to eat a
21partrage if I sent him one?? I can often get them here. I’m very
22well, & getting on nicely with my work, but the publishers are
23bothering me so, & I’ve got about as much head for business as a cat.
25 If Lady Loch sends up & asks for some books would you, dear, be so
26good as to send her two books I left in Fred’s room. One about Lord
27One by Dr Stuart & another thin one in a white & gilt p leather cover.
29 I suppose Will will be ?Sir W- when he comes back!!! Do send me
30Ollie’s likeness as soon as you get copies. How is our pretty Baby?
32 Good bye, dear little sis. I seem to love you more now Will’s away
33because I seem to have something to be sorry for you for!!! I always
34love people better when I think they are not quite happy!
36 Olive
38 Let me know how it goes with Mr Gie.
'My work' most likely refers to Schreiner's ?Returned South African' essays or perhaps From Man to Man. Her ‘Returned South African’ essays were originally published in a range of magazines; she intended to rework them in book form, as Stray Thoughts on South Africa. A dispute with a publisher and then the outbreak of the South African War (1899-1902) prevented this, and in the event with some additional essays they were published posthumously as Thoughts on South Africa.