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Letter ReferenceGFP/OS-AG/4
ArchiveGreene Family Papers
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date23 October 1900
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToRozelin, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToBetty Molteno
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The Project is grateful to John Barham and the Greene Family for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter to Alice Greene, which is part of the family collections. The address and the name of the addressee the letter was sent to are provided by an attached envelope.
2Oct 23 / 00
4Dear Friend
6Things seem growing darker & darker in this country. How dark I
7sometimes think you people down there don’t know. I wish I could have
8seen Robertson before he returned to England. He will do good work
9when he gets there.
11It’s strange I have written three letters to Mary Sauer, & one letter
12to Sauer himself ^about Rhodes^, but I have had no reply. You did not
13enclose Mary Sauers letter.
15If the Boers in this Colony were to rise now all would be lost. If
16they keep quiet unreadable the Republics may in another year have
17their independence.
19Good bye. I wish you were here so intensely. But the cold weather is
20over. It is not relaxing but it is not cool during the day; in the
21night it is beautiful & cool.
23Love to you both