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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold3/1896/38
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateDecember 1896
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, 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. Schreiner was resident in Kimberley from early August 1894 to November 1898. She was in Britain and Europe from early January to September 1897. The beginning of the letter is missing.
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3 is glad to know you really are going with us. Try & get one of those
4four cabins near the Captains for yourself & one for Miss Green, if
5the ship is empty they are always willing to give you a whole cabin to
6yourself. Then we shall have all those four cabins & be so
7delightfully private. I am trying to get the two next each other on
8the lower side for Cron & myself. At nights when most of the people
9are down on the upper deck we shall be very quiet down there. I am
10going to take all the sea sickness remedies in world with me, so we
11ought to be helped. I am determined to keep well if possible. I have
12written to Mr Andrew the Cape Town agent whom I know.
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14 We have just made a new friend in Kimberley, such a nice young man
15called Alfred Webb from Bulawayo. That young man I wrote to your
16brother about is doing splendidly with Charly Webber. He likes Webber
17& Webber likes him – says he’s a fine fellow to work. Our love to you
18both. Cron & I keep on congratulating each other that you are going.
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20 Olive
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22 ^NB. Please send back plan of steamer.^
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Notation
The plan of the steamer is no longer attached.