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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold1/Jan-June1899/12
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypePostcard
Letter Date3 April 1899
Address FromJohannesburg, Transvaal
Address ToGirls Collegiate School, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Who ToBetty Molteno
Other VersionsRive 1987: 348
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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 postcard, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. The date is provided by the postmark on this postcard, while the name of the addressee and the address it was sent to are on its front. Schreiner was resident in Berea, Johannesburg, from December 1898 until late August 1899.
1 We went to hear old Kruger in the square yesterday: we got good places,
2 just in front of him. I wished so you & Miss Green had been there.
3The old man was to me a touching & impressive spectacle with his long
4thin white hair, & closed eyes (his eyes are very bad) & the animation
5lighting up the old face when he spoke till it looked youthful. He
6made a fine speech. The printed accounts give no idea
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8 ^of its simplicity & directness.
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10 Olive^
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Notation
Rive's (1987) version of this postcard has been misdated and is also in a number of other respects incorrect.