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Letter ReferenceW.P. Schreiner BC112/B31/2
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date11 August 1899
Address From2 Primrose Terrace, Berea, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Address ToGirls Collegiate School, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
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 date of this letter is derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address it was sent to. Schreiner was resident in Johannesburg from December 1898 to late August 1899, leaving it for Kran Kuil and the farm Karree Kloof at the end of the month.
1 Dear Friend,
3 I enclose you a note just got from my nephew. State Secretary Reitz
4wrote in the very hopefully two days ago. I am going over to see b
5Reitz & Smuts tomorrow. You see we can’t stay here as we have no
6money in event of war & would starve. Wel We will likely go to stay at
7a farm called Karree Kloof in the Hope Town district where we can
8board cheaply with Cron’s cousin. I will write & tell you news from
9Pretoria But please keep whatever I write to your two dear selves. The
10doctor says my heart is much worse today. I keep getting blue & cold &
11fainting. Oh earth would be so beautiful were men different. It will
12be so hard to leave if there is war here, yet we have no ?money.
14 Olive
16 ^My sister-in-law has written me such a nice letter & says we can have
17their house for January & February if we like as they are going to
18Kalk Bay.^