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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold2/July-Dec1899/25
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date11 September 1899
Address FromKarree Kloof, Kran Kuil, Northern Cape
Address ToGirls Collegiate School, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Who ToBetty Molteno
Other VersionsRive 1987: 377
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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. The date of this letter has been derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, while the name of the addressee and the address it was sent to are on its front. The name of the addressee is also indicated by salutation and content. Schreiner was resident on the farm Karee Kloof from the end of August to early November 1899.
1 Dear Friend, Miss Green’s article was splendid warm & from the heart,
2 & yet restrained. I wish she would write more.
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4 We have been ten days here without a post now, so have no news of the
5outer world, which makes me a little restless, almost too restless to
6work. I have written one little article on the Boers, & sent it off to
7America.
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9 The life here is a delightful & restful as ever. I should revel in it
10even more completely if I did not need to work; but I know how
11remorseful I shall be when I get back to the noise & agony of
12Johannesburg, to think that I didn’t use my quiet here in writing. I
13have brought my typewriter.
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15 P I wonder what you will decide about the school. While South African
16affairs remain in the present state they are in I fear the strain of
17having to concentrate thought on the school as well must be great.
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19 I wonder so much if you have been down to Cape Town & if you saw
20Milner there. I still can’t help feeling sorry for him; & perhaps
21now Garrett is gone things will mend. Do you know whether Garrett is
22really ill, or whether he has gone home, to work on the other side? Do
23they say in Cape Town that Rhodes is drinking much?
24
25 Good night. I wish so much you & Miss Greene were here. I believe you
26would find it as much heaven as I do.
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28 Olive
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Notation
Alce Greene's article cannot be traced. Rive's (1987) version has been misdated and omits part of this letter.