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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/6
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date31 March 1898
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
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 has been derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address it was sent to. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content. Schreiner was resident in Kimberley from early August 1894 to November 1898.
1 Dear Friend
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3 Your wire adds to my disappointment. I did, & do long so for the Kowie,
4 & the big waves, & the sand. I believe that it would do me more good
5than anything! But when the doctor examined my chest he said the heart
6was so much dilate that it would not be madness to go any where near
7the coast, that I must go higher, not lower. And Cron was so against
8the Kowie after that that I must go to Johannesburg. We shall stay at
9Mr Lloyd’s. Oh, do you & Miss Green come up! It would change the
10going from a pain to a pleasure to me. We would enjoy going about
11there together, & it would do Miss Green all the good in the world to
12have such a complete change of air.
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14 I got a letter from Merriman this morning most enthusiastic over my
15brother Will’s speech at the dinner to Hofmeyer. He said that the
16report in the Times gives no conception of what it was. He has, he
17said, heard many speeches but in his long life, but thinks he has
18never heard Will’s speech surpassed for eloquence & feeling. I’m
19sorry there isn’t a good report. Oh dear do, do, do, come to
20Johannesburg. I wouldn’t ask you only for my sake, but I know it
21would do you both good by being such a complete change of scene ^&
22there have been some rains up there there will be no dust^
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24 The journey isn’t very expensive. I want to go & see Amajuba &
25Doornkop.
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27 Good bye, dear
28 Olive
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