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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold2/July-Dec1899/41
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date11 November 1899
Address FromCape Town, Western 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 address this letter was written from is indicated by content. The name of the addressee and the address the letter was sent to are provided by an attached envelope.
1 Nov 11th 1899
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3 Dear dear Friend
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5 Thank you for your letter. I don’t need the money & won’t use it.
6But oh I do look forward to seeing you & Miss Greene.
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8I am going in to send off another cable.
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10 If only England would send out another man in place of Milner
11something might be done to save the situation yet.
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13 I‘ve heard from what seems a good source, from a soldier from one
14who ought to know, that the Kimberley mines were largely blown up on
15the 9th & that Kimberley was likely to fall. If it till you hear this
16confirmed don’t let poor Mrs Stratton hear it, or mention it to
17anyone as it may be false.
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19 Everyone talks as if it was all so hopeless but I still feel hope.
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21 Yours ever & ever
22 Olive
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24 I don’t have asthma here but keep getting curious fits of faintness.
25We shall be here at my brother’s till the end of February. After
26that I don’t know. Don’t I hope if you take a cottage it won’t
27be at Kalk Bay (selfishly) because I can never go there. But it is
28very hard to get a house anywhere now. The future is all lost in the
29present.
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