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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/46
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 November 1909
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address ToSandown Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape
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 address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope.
1 Cape Town
2 Nov 5th 1909
4 Dear Lucy
6 I shall like so much to come on Thursday. I do hope your cold is quite
7better. I am very anxious about Anna Purcell, & am going out on Sunday
8to see her. I can’t bear those I love to have any bad chest attacks
9because of what it so often leaves behind. Anna though not very strong
10has had such fine health on the whole. I am looking forward so to
11seeing your children. I wish we lived nearer each other that I could
12get to really know them. I think one has to learn to know children
13just as you do grown up people Its only slowly they unfold their
14little selves to you. I am glad Mrs Murray is coming. She is a woman I
15am greatly drawn to. Her two little girls seem to me so fine &
16interesting. The little boy is prettier than the girls; but doesn’t
17interest me so much; he’s more like all other children.
19 Good bye. Why don’t you call me Olive as Betty & Alice Greene & all
20my friends do? I’d like it so. I’m so much older than you; but all
21my friends call me Olive.
23 Good bye, dear. Be careful of yourself. Don’t go out when its damp
24at all. As soon as one feels stronger one always thinks one can do
25anything but one can’t
27 Olive Schreiner