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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1892/18
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date7 November 1892
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
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 letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. 'Mary Brown' has been written on this letter in an unknown hand, supported by the references to Ray and the 'old doctor' in the content.
1 Matjesfontein
2 Nov 7th / 92
4 Dear Friend,
6 I wonder if you ever still remember me?!! Curious how my letter
7writing power seems gone. It is almost agony to me to write one now.
8But I’m coming home to England in April & then I’ll see you I hope. I
9have so much to tell you about the Old Land. It’s been the coldest
10longest winter known here for 25 years they say. It's been eight
11months winter. I wish I had some news of you all.
13 How is Will getting on?
15 Alice tells me no news when she writes so I know nothing.
17 Where is Ray? I feel ?surprised How is our beautiful old doctor??? How
18are you?
20 Will’s picture of the ruined chapel is always on my mantelpiece. I’m
21still at Matjesfontein you see. In two days I’m going down to town for
22a few days. It will be hard to leave South Africa but I must lest you
23should all forget me.
25 What do you think about my little story in the "New Review"??
27 Tell me about yourselves. I haven’t anything about myself to tell. I
28seem to have less & less of a personal life apart from my work &
29thought. And I always think people I love will see that when I publish.
30 I’ve written a long thing the last year called the Buddhist Priest’s
31wife, which I love very much.
33Good bye.
35I’m really going to publish some more when I come home.
38 Olive
40 I love your last likeness, it’s lovely.
Schreiner's 'little story' is likely to be: "Was It Right? ? Was It Wrong?" New Review Vol 7, No 41, October 1892, pp.397-403, and also appears in Dream Life and Real Life as "The Policy In Favour of Protection".