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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/27
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date14 October 1907
Address FromDe Aar, Northern 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.
1 de Aar
2 Oct 14th 1907
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4 My dear Fan, I think your birth day is on the 20th; I know its near &
5I wish my darling little sister many happy returns of it.
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7 I’m writing today lest I shouldn’t be fit enough later.
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9 I hope you have good news of our Dot. I suppose she’s back a Newnham
10now.
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12 I see our dear old boy is going to stand for Queens Town, so I suppose
13you will have to personally conduct all by yourself the trip to
14England next year. How I wish I was going! It seems like a dream to me
15that there really is a Europe existing any where; something beautiful
16I have dreamed.
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18 Have you been to some of the woman’s meetings since I left?
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20 Do write & tell me some of your news. Except the notice in the paper
21that Will was going to stand for Queenstown I’ve heard not a word of
22news from any of you since that Sunday evening when I was at your
23house.
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25 I am now living at de Aar; we have one little room on the outskirts of
26the town where we live in true old fore-trekker style, sleeping,
27writing & living all in the one room. But we go to have our meals at
28the hotel in the camp except early coffee & afternoon tea which I make
29here. Later on I shall have to cook my own food here, as it will be
30too hot to walk to the camp which is nearly a mile from our room which
31stands alone in the veld. Cron & I both sleep with loaded revolvers
32under our pillows as this is rather a tragic sort of place. The dust
33is very terrible here, but oh I am so grateful to be here with Cron, &
34shall hold on as long as I can. I can’t bear the thought of his
35being here alone.
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37 Good bye dear. Now I’ve given you all our news give me yours.
38 Olive
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40 Cron leaves for Beaufort West tomorrow on election business.
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