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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold3/1896/2
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 January 1896
Address FromPort Alfred, Eastern Cape
Address Toc/o WP Schreiner, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToFrances ('Fan') Schreiner nee Reitz
Other VersionsRive 1987: 260-1
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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. Schreiner has misdated the year this letter was written in, which is clearly 1896. The address the letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope, with Schreiner's final insertion written on the back of this.
1 Port Alfred
2 Jan 5 / 95
4 Dear Fan
6 I don’t like to trouble Will just now as I know how busy he must be:
7could you drop me a line to tell me whether you have heard anything of
8Fort. I am very very anxious fearing he may ^have^ been among
9Jameson’s men. Do drop me a line. I fear you & Will will be on the
10side of the Chartered Company while all my sympathies are with the
11Transvaal Government, but political differences can make no difference
12in the tender love one feels for ones own. I suppose if Rhodes goes
13out, my dear boy will be out too. How I wish you were all down here; I
14suppose because I was here as a child, it seems to me the there is no
15sea like this.
17 Good bye my darling sister.
18 Olive
20 Cron sends love to you all.
22^Jan 6 ^
23 Have got bad asthma leaving for Middelburg to stay there for a time;
24please address there if you have news of Fort.
Rive's (1987) version of this letter omits part of it.