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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold3/1896/25
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date28 August 1896
Address FromKowie River (Port Alfred), Eastern 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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee is indicated by content. Schreiner was at the Kowie River, Port Alfred, from the middle to the end of August 1896.
1 Dear Friend
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3 Thanks for your letter. Please send the enclosed to your brother about
4the young fellow. I send you his mother’s letter to me about him
5when he was ill. There’s a most beautiful friendship between that
6mother & son, & that makes me feel sure he’s "a good sort".
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8 I got a wonderfully interesting letter today from a Half Caste – (a
9Mulatto) who is studying in Edinburgh. He comes from the West Indies.
10I am never satisfied with anything I write till the persents persons
11I write of say, "Yes, that is true, you have showed us our own hearts.
12" I will show you the letter some day.
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14 We are leaving on the 31st for Webbes farm. Shall stay there a couple
15of days, & get home about the 8th. I’ve been in bed some days but am
16better & enjoying it very much. I do hope your brother will want that
17young man. I am quite longing to see my little black boy again. He
18looked so sad the day we came away.
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20 I’m so sorry you can’t come. If we don’t go to England & come
21here again the summer come for a week, because its perfect.
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23 Olive
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