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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/14
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMarch 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 month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content.
1 Wagenaar’s Kraal
3 Dear Friend
5 I’ve heard of a little cottage at Nels Port that we could get but
6its unfurnished. We could have each buy a small bed, & a ta & bedding,
7& buy a couple of ^three^ small tables & three chairs, & 4 cups & 4
8plates &c, a few cheap knives & forks. It would not cost us much. The
9farm be longs to Mr Harry Jackson, Nel Port station. He, Mr Harry
10Jackson lives near by. Oh we would be so free, & we could get news by
11train every day & go to Beaufort when we wanted. Write to Mr Jackson
12yourself about it he is half an hour from the station. There is a nice
13Dutch woman & her daughter living there, who we might get to work for
16 Perhaps better not send my letter to your brother, or mention that a
17lady in the train told me of it, as there were many people in the
18train saw us talking & it would ruin them if it got out. But you might
19tell him (strictly privately) about the house having been destroyed by
20the volunteers & ask him what he thinks of our taking it it up. Would
21we I have any chance of winning my case?
23 Olive
25 ^I’ve been in bed ever since I got here with violent vomiting &
26diarrhoea. I am so anxious to hear you are all right. I fear it may
27have been the water or milk at Middelburg.^
29 ^Write me any news you get from Cape Town.^