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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/7
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date30 March 1907
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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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 Dear Laddy
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3 Please post the enclosed to Con Lytton ^read it^. My sweet girl Adela
4was so terribly disappointed at not seeing you last time you were in
5England; at the same time she has now g under gone another operation &
6may not be allowed to see visitors; so I thought it best to write to
7her cousin Constance Lytton also one of my best & closest friends.
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9 How I wish I could be in England to take our little Dot about.
10 Good bye dear Laddie
11 Your old Olive
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13 Cron is away at Beaufort & Laingsberg holding meetings with his f
14constituents. The feeling here is that Jamieson will dissolve
15parliament & appeal to the country almost as soon as parliament meets,
16so that this election will be on the old register with none of the
17rebels allowed to vote: so they will be excluded for 10 instead of 5
18years & the Progressives have a long run. It seems to me the Governor
19should not allow it. In a few months more of course the new lists will
20be out & the progressives have no chance, anyhow the de Beers
21Progressives.
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23 I can’t lie down anymore & life becomes to me one long struggle for
24breath. Oh the longing I have sometimes to be in Italy or Switzerland;
25to see my old friends. All life seems to me me one long mistake; if
26only once before I died it flashed on me that it was best so. It’s
27strange, that it not the wrong things in your life that seem to have
28been the great mistakes when you look back at it, but the things you
29did most striving to do unreadable right. It’s the inextricable
30puzzle of life, which distresses me so as one comes to the end.
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32 Drope me a line & tell me how you are, & how our girl likes things.
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34 March 30th 1907
35 Hanover
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