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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/16
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: 1 July 1910 ; Before End: 22 July 1910
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
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 year has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Theis letter has been dated by reference to Caroline Murray 'passing' De Aar as commented on in a letter Schreiner to Caroline Murray of 23 July 1910 (BC16/Box4/Fold3/1910/15). Schreiner was in De Aar from May or June to November 1910.
1 De Aar
3 My dear Mrs Murray,
5 I am writing to ask a very great favour of you. I would not do so even
6knowing how willing you always are to help others, but it is really
7such a great matter to me. I got a little Kaffir milk (the fermented
8milk they have in their skin bottles & calabashes) from Mrs Charles
& brought it up with me on the train. I started it in a large
10stone jar here & it did me wonderful good, helped me as nothing has
11helped me for years. When I went up to the Transvaal they let the germ
12die in my bottle. You have to add Fresh unboiled milk every day or so
13or it spoils.
15 I am missing it much. Could you perhaps bring me a little with you if
16any is to be had where you are.
18 If you could buy me a Kaffir calabash with the milk started I would
19pay anything for it. But you would have the trouble of adding fresh
20milk at Bloemfontein & Na Norvals Pont. If you could do this for me I
21would by be so grateful but don’t trouble about it if just starting
22when this reaches you. I would be glad to pay two or three pounds to
23have it.
25 Yours in haste to catch post
26 Olive Schreiner