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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/32
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date1908
Address FromDe Aar, Northern 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 month and year as July 1912 have been written on this letter in an unknown hand. However, by 1912 Schreiner and Lucy Molteno had been on first name terms in their letters for some time, and so this date is likely to be incorrect. The Graaff Reinet branch of the WEL was started by Mimmie Murray in around 1908; thus the dating of this letter.
1 De Aar
2 Thursday
4 Dear Mrs Molteno
6 I feel so reproached that I have left your letter unanswered so long.
7But I’ve not been fit for much since I came back here; even Betty
8has been three weeks without a post card from me. Yes I quite
9understand about your not feeling able to be President of that little
10society: we’ll talk things over when I come to Cape Town next year.
11How splendidly the women are fighting in England. Mrs Haldane Murray
12writes me that she has started a branch at Graaff Reinet. She’s to
13my mind a most charming & lovable woman. I forget whether you know
16 Good bye. It’s so nice to think I’ll see you again next year
18^if I come to Town. ^
19 Olive Schreiner