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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold2/July-Dec1899/19
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date20 August 1899
Address FromJohannesburg, Transvaal
Address To
Who ToAlice Greene
Other VersionsRive 1987: 374
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
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 salutation and content. Schreiner was resident in Berea, Johannesburg, from December 1898 until late August 1899.
1 Dear Heart
3I had a mis-carriage yesterday (two months). Dr Mortimer has been very
4kind. We leave probably on Saturday for the Hope Town district Address
6Karree Kloof
7 Via Kran Kuil

8if I wire that we have left.
10 Cron’s business is closing & we shall be left penniless so must go,
11but oh it is hard, to leave if there is war. Be Perhaps I can do more
12with my pen there than here. All good be with you dear ones. If Miss
has left send this on to her.
15 We are just hiring a room to leave our things in. The Smuts have asked
16us to go there & stay with them during the war, Olive but I have
17unreadable too much asthma there. I should only be a burden to every
18one. It seems ^to me equally terrible whether we have war or not
19because we can only buy peace by giving up all.^
Rive's (1987) version of this letter is in a number of respects incorrect.