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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold5/1906/23
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date10 October 1906
Address FromHotel Milner, Matjesfontein, 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. This letter is written on printed headed notepaper.
1 Hotel Milner
2 Matjesfontein
3 Oct 10 1906
5 Dear Fan
7 I don’t know just when your birthday is, but I know it’s some time
8during the next few days. (I haven’t got my book here!). May happy
9returns of the day dear when it comes, & I hope a specially good
10year’s coming for you now.
12 I got here this morning & am already feeling wonderfully better. Its
13as though a great peace settled down on you when get from that high
14stony world. The dust was so bad the morning I left de Aar I
15couldn’t see Cron standing on the platform, but as soon as you get
16away from that high velt the velt is all lovely & green.
18 Theo & Katie are living here, but I’ve not seen them. I just sit in
19my room & write & read & go out for little walks on the velt so I’m
20not likely to come across them. They have taken a little house here.
22 Old Sir Charles & Lady Abercromby Smith are here too, & sit at the
23same table as I do. They seem nice people; he’s a splendid old man.
25 I suppose the young ones are working pretty hard now for the exams at
26the end of the year.
28 I hope the old man is better for his little visit to Gordon’s Bay.
30 Old Robert Hemming’s death was a great shock to me. It was so sudden.
31 I am so sorry Wynne was not in time to see him. He died quite alone
32away from any one related to him, but the great comfort is he didn’t
33suffer long.
35 Good bye, my sweet old sister. You don’t know how loving are the
36greetings my heart sends you
37 Olive