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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold3/1896/35
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday December 1896
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, 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 content. Schreiner was resident in Kimberley from early August 1894 to November 1898. She was in Britain and Europe from January to September 1897.
1 Thursday
3 I wish I knew more what the trouble about the school was. I shall hear
4fo about it in Cape Town when we meet. You are going first class for
5my sake so its quite right. I can’t go below. I had a cabin below
6once, & when I was nearly dead the ships Captain Doctor had to turn
7out of his cabin & give it me or I should have died. You know it
8isn’t sea-sickness I have most it’s one long attack of asthma from
9the time I go on the sea till I get off it. I couldn’t even go down
10to see you if you were in the second class so you must go first for my
11sake!! The second class passengers would be much nicer than the first,
12but their quarters are always stuffie. Thank you for your letter dear
13Heart. I have a dream of you & Miss Green starting a great training
14school for native women in
16^Basutoland but I don’t suppose it will ever be realized.^
20^I asked them to keep cabin near us for you till they heard from you.
21Write & tell them which you have taken please. Cron will be in Port
22Elizabeth on Wednesday for a few days. He is delegate to the "Bread"
23conference. He’ll come & see you. Much love to both. So busy. ^
24 Olive
26 NB. Of course you need not have that cabin. I only asked him to keep
27all he could near us till he heard from you.
Schreiner has written the insertion beginning 'I asked them to keep...' on line 20 on an attached letter dated 5 December 1896 which she had received from Colonial Mail Line confirming cabins on the ship Dunvegan Castle, departing 6 January 1897.