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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/55
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date20 August 1908
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToLucy Molteno nee Mitchell
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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. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was in Cape Town from early July 1908 to early September 1908.
1 Dear Lucy
3 Thank you so much. I shall like to come, the 30th will be the best
4because Anna Purcell & Mrs Brown & Mrs Dick her daughter whom I would
5like to have because I know how much pleasure it would give them to
6come & on the 2nd they all got go to Kalk Bay for the season I would
7so like if Mrs Alexander could come, but she’s very sensitive & I
8doubt whether she would come if you’d not called on her.
10 We had a splendid Meeting at Mrs de Villiers. I do wish you could have
11been there. Mrs Alexanders little speech was splendid. It held the
12audience spell bound. Ask Anna Purcell about it. So quite, so simple &
13yet with such a wonderful power & depth in it. Surely Alexander has
14drawn a wonderful prize! But he sure to go on improving & developing
15upwards with such a noble strong woman to help him. All the speeches
16were first rate but her’s was wonderful. She has two little babies,
17one six months old & one eighteen months old. She has only been
18married about ^a little more than^ two years & is only about 22 or 23.
20 I do hope this great heat is not trying you too much.
22 We are going to have a private meeting at Mrs Browns 2 Glebe Terrace
23Rondebosch ^(Thursday)^ tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock to try & see
24what can be done in this matter of our petition & the giving it over
25into the hands of Mrs Macf-. Mrs Purcell Mr & Mrs Murray Mrs
26?Balmsforth my husband & I & several others will be there do try &
27come. Then you will understand all we are doing. We have had the
28advice of one of the best Lawyers here, & he says the action of the
29committee was quite illegal.
31 My love to you dear
32 Olive