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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/11
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 21 February 1900
Address FromWagenaars Kraal, Three Sisters, Northern Cape
Address To
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 has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content.
1 Wagenaar’s Kraal
2 Wednesday
4 Dear Friend
6 I have been too ill to write for a long time. If I find this place
7doesn’t suit me I shall have to try a place two hours from Beaufort
8West that Mrs Murray told me of, Tailors. I must get well & work. It
9is very hard being here so far from all news. The last news n I had
10was on Wednes Monday night when I left Cape Town, the next we shall
11get will be on Saturday next & then it will only be Cape Town news
12three days before.
14 Late affairs have not made me so depressed as I would have expected.
15The end is not yet & if we are beaten now there is still 15 year hence.
17 Write to me if you can. It is very lonely here, all the people are
18strong jingoes here, kind folk, but one can only live here by never
19referring to politics. This seems a nice place in itself. It is in me
20that the sadness lies. It is karroo & there are koppjes but it
21doesn’t seem to me as if there were.
23 We slept last night Netta & I, at
25^Clifford Jackon’s farm & called in here today. The MacRoberts
26don’t take people generally as a matter of business, it is kind of
27them to have me. unreadable Were not those hooting crowds going to Mrs
& Ons Land & the news office & my brother & Sauers a disgrace
29to the English name ^
31 Good bye dear friends. Love to you both.
32 Olive
35Wagenaar’s Kraal
36Three Sisters