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|Letter Reference||Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold3/1910/10
|Archive||University of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
|Letter Date||13 April 1910
|Address From||De Aar, Northern Cape
|Address To||Sandown Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape
|Who To||Lucy Molteno nee Mitchell
The manuscript of this letter by Olive Schreiner belongs to the Archive referenced above; its ownership of the original should be acknowledged by referencing the letter as indicated: Copyright transcription: © Olive Schreiner Letters Project. This transcription can be freely used as long as copyright is acknowledged and it is referenced using the following citation: ‘Olive Schreiner to Lucy Molteno nee Mitchell, 13 April 1910, UCT Manuscripts & Archives, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
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.
April 13th 1910
I’ve been wanting to write you a real letter ever since I came but I
7: haven’t been able. It seems like a lovely dream those days I was
8: with you & was so well & happy, & the dear children were so sweet.
9: Don’t you think Lucy is a little like Miss Molteno? More as she was
10: when I first knew her 17 years ago than as she is now? She looks at
11: all life so critically & is so conscious of her own little
12: individuality. Your children have a chance of growing up very fine I
13: think: there is a very noble strain from ^in^ the Molteno’s & from you
14: they’ll get nothing but beauty & sweetness.
If only my husband is returned for the Union Parliament I shall try to
17: hire a little house somewhere near Rondebosch & then I can be with him
18: all the summer & shall not need to come up here where I am so ill.
19: I’ve got a good little coloured girl to help me.
I fear they will find in in the society that they have not at all got
22: rid of Mrs Macfadyen. She will cause them much sorrow.
Good bye: I hope you keep growing stronger. I find the Kaffir milk so
25: good. I don’t think I should have got through the first days here at
26: all with out it. Your dear face was a sweet ?lastlast peep of dear old
27: Cape Town.
^Do send me a card to let me know how Dr Murray is & whether Mrs Murray
32: is coming.^