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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box 12/Fold1/Undated/39
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date1905
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno
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Legend
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 name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content. The start of the letter is missing.
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5out. I feel sometimes so depressed at the thought I may never be able
6to earn anything again. But it is no use to break one’s heart over a
7future that may or may not come. One must live just day by day.
8Sometimes I think if you & Miss Greene came out here & started a
9school at Hanover I might give geography & history lectures to the big
10girls lying down, & in that earn something, but Hanover is not the
11place for a big school. Miss Vijoen wants to sell her house the nicest
12house in Hanover two doors from mine; but when I look at it from the
13unselfish stand points I see it would be much better for you to buy a
14farm, if ever you come out.
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16I am so thankful you are both feeling pretty well. Give my love to
17dear Isabella & any of my old friends you may see.
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19Good bye dear,
20Olive
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22^Did I tell you that Hutcheon’s operations on Neta has been so
23successful. Ol^
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25^My little story is a failure. I can feel its not worth anything so I’m
26not going to send it to England or America.^
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Notation
The 'little story' Schreiner refers to as a failure cannot be established.