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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/13
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday 1904
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToAlice Greene
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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 year has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The place the letter was sent from is indicated by content. Schreiner stayed in Cape Town from early March to early June 1905. The name of the addressee is provided by salutation and content.
1 Saturday
3 Dear Friend,
5 I can’t come to you in this weather & you can’t come to me
6"because of all the houses"!
8 I went to Camps Bay yesterday afternoon. It was one of the most
9beautiful & lovely times of my life. I never saw such an afternoon on
10the Peninsula.
12 The sea was as calm as in Italy, not a wave not a ripple, breaking
13silently on on the shore with a little line of foam. The & a wonderful
14light, the light that never was, ^shining^ on the mountains & bushes. I
15was there more than two hours & walked away to that great silent Bay
16beyond on the Houts Bay side I wouldn’t have missed it for 20 pounds.
17 Cron has gone to Rondebosch to his mother till Monday morning. If
18tomorrow morning should be fine I may come could cou out to see you,
19but I doubt its being fine. If I do come you’ll see me before you
20get this. Cron says Parliament will probably break up Friday week, in
21which case we shall be in Hanover this day two weeks .
23 Please give Miss Molteno
25^the enclosed cheque. ^
26 Olive, who wants to see you