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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold3/1910/25
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date19 November 1910
Address FromPortlock, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern 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.
1 c/o Haldane Murray Esq
2 Portlock
3 nr Graaff Reinet
4 Nov 219 / 10
6 My dear Lucie
8 I hope you & the dear children are all keeping fit. I expect they
9enjoyed seeing the pagent very much. I got so unfit at de Aar I
10couldn’t stay any more & had to come up here. The beautiful cool air
11among the mountains is doing me most wonderful good, though I’ve
12only been here one week. I feel like another person. The dear Murrays
13are so good & sweet. Its a delightful place to stay at. Such an
14atmosphere of love & sympathy reigns over the whole place. Because the
15master & the mistress are what they are, everyone even the servants &
16the governess seem happy & united.
18 The house is on the top of a high mountain with the most lovely views
19as soon as you walk towards the edge of the mountain in any direction.
20If only my husband were not still in the sand & heat of that nightmare
21of a De Aar I should be perfectly happy.
23 Have you written any more verses lately? Do tell me if you are feeling
24strong & fit. Cron told me he met you at Anna Purcells when he was
27 Why don’t you of the WEL try to get up some good meeting while the
28parliament is sitting? Wouldn’t Dr Viljoen or some of the other
29sympathetic members come on the platform & speak.
31 My little book on "Woman & Labour" will be out soon after Xmas. Maskew
32Miller writes me. Its not very much of a book, I wasn’t well enough
33to revise it: it had to go just as it was.
35 Good bye, dear.
36 Always yours
37 Olive