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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold4/1897/3
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date4 February 1897
Address FromNew College, Eastbourne, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToJessie Rose Innes nee Dods Pringle
Other VersionsRive 1987: 301-2
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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. This letter is on printed headed notepaper.
1 New College Junior School,
2 Eastbourne.
4 Feb 4 / 97
6 Dear Jessee
8 We have been spending a few days here with my brother & are returning
9to London tomorrow. It has been splendid seeing all my friends but
10Cape affairs are distressing me so much that I can’t enjoy things as
11I otherwise would. I did not of course speak to Rhodes on my way home.
12His sister told me that he wanted us to be friends & asked why I did
13not speak to him. I said I could not speak to him without telling him
14what I thought & I might things very uncomfortable for him if I did
15speak. I liked the one Miss Rhodes Edith Rhodes who came on at Maderia
16very much.
18 My little story about the Cape will be out on the 17th I hope & I will
19send you a copy. I got £1,350 cash for it; beside the American rights
20w which I reserve for myself quite apart, so the publisher must fancy
21it will be read. For me, I have said what I had to say & I must leave
22its fate alone now.
24 Love to you all from Cron & me
25 Olive
The 'little story' is Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland. Rive's (1987) version of this letter is in a number of respects incorrect.