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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold4/1897/7
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date18 March 1897
Address FromAmalfi, Italy
Address ToMorley?s Hotel, Trafalgar Square, London
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 306-7
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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 address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope.
1 Amalfi
2 March 18 / 97
4 Dear Laddie
6 This is Friday & I have not yet nor shall I for some days hear any
7news of your examination on Friday Tuesday. I ordered a copy of the
8Cape ^London^ Times to be sent to me from Rome but in case it should not
9come, please if you have or can get me a copy do so & address it Poste
10Restante Alassio ^Riviera^ Italy. My asthma has got worse here than in
11Rome & we are going to try my old haunt in the Riviera where I never
12get asthma. I wish I could write you a long letter & tell you of some
13facts I know with regard to Chartered doings in the North. I fancy few
14people have been in the position to learn all we know. If you knew it
15you would see Peter Halket was a very pale washed out semi-tinted
16picture. I have made my back broad to await the attacks of Garrett &
17Rhodes’ African press. I know you will be so also.
19 I would write more dear heart, only I can’t breathe.
21 Your little sis
22 Olive
24 I’m sending you a few reviews of Peter Halket. If not too busy when
25you’ve looked at them send them on to Mrs Sauer
26 Cumnor
27 Kenilworth
28 Cape Town
30 The intense hatred & bitterness with which Garrett spoke of Innes
31showed me that that dear old fellow must be taking more of a stand
32than ^showed on the surface.^
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.