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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box 12/Fold1/Undated/37
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday June 1904
Address FromHanover, Northern 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.
2Wednesday. Evening
4Dearest Friend
6I have today got your letter from Houw Hoek. I addressed two letters
7to you & Miss Greene to Caledon thinking you were only spending a day
8at Houw Hoek & going to Caledon at once. Will you write to the Post
9master to send them to you, as one letter contains a letter from Mrs
to me which I don’t want to lose.
12I am so glad it is so nice at Houw Hoek; do you think it would suit me
13in summer if I came down? I would like to know of some place in the
14West which was country where I could go if necessary.
16I am much better too. My dear little Kaffir is slowly learning to do
17little jobs, & to know the shops & houses so that he can fetch things
18which saves me walking. I’ve been house cleaning all day, turned out
19the store room & am so tired I can’t write any
21^more. How beautiful if you were sitting here by this nice fire^