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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box 12/Fold1/Undated/29
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateNovember 1899
Address FromLyndall, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToBetty 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 month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content.
1Lyndall
2Newlands
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4My dear dear Friend
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6I have hardly had time to eat my meals since I came, or I would have
7written. I have been trying to get cables throught, but can’t they
8censor them. Oh it is all terrible, but deep in my heart I know the
9gallant Transvaal will not be utterly trodden under foot.
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11Those brave men are dying in the eternal cause of freedom & right. I
12has an hour & a half talk with the Governor. Fear nothing is to be
13done there. The majority of the English officers are intensely
14sympathetic & regret this war, though, the poor brave lads will did
15die fighting as bravely as our burgers.
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17I hear you have taken a little house at Kalk Bay
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19^so you must be come. I like your brother James his eyes remind me of
20you. We shall be here for some time still.^
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22Olive
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24I wish you were going to be near this part.
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