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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold4/1911/18
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateApril 1911
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address ToPassenger by train going to the Falls
Who ToCaroline Murray nee Molteno
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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 resident in De Aar from November 1907 until she left South Africa for Britain and Europe in December 1913, with some fairly lengthy visits elsewhere over this time. The address the letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope which requests the station master to deliver it to the addressee, a passenger going to the Victoria Falls.
1 Dear Mrs Murray, I’ve just got your wire. I’m so sorry I can’t
2come over to meet you. I am not well enough to get out. I hope
3unreadable you will have a lovely time
5 Yours ever
6 Olive Schreiner
8 I’m trying everywhere to find a cool place to go to ^on a farm or
9little country hotel^ where there will not be so much dust & wind, as
10my heart is bad, but can’t succeed. If you should at any time think
11o a farm or other place ^at^ which I might get a cool room & board or
12just a room I would be so grateful if you’d let me know, especially
13a farm. My lovely Kalabash was smashed yesterday to my grief. Isn’t
14the weather too
16 ^hot for the Falls? Take care of your self.^