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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/29
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMay 1900
Address FromWagenaars Kraal, Three Sisters, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToFrances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz
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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. Schreiner stayed at Wagenaars Kraal from 21 February until late July 1900.
1 Dear Fan, Cron writes me he sent photographs of himself for me to your
2care ^the week before^ last. week Did you get them. Please send if you
5 I can’t make out what the politicians are about in Cape Town. Of
6course I have not heard one word since I left, & I have not in the
7last four months once seen the Cape Times or Argus. I was blankly
8astonished when I got to Graaff Reinet to hear that Will was said to
9be in favour of annexation, & can’t now believe it. On the other
10hand I got terrible evidence that there was a "contract" on with
11Rhodes & Sievewright. in certain quarters; rather than Milner, then
12Sievewright is the feeling. I say neither for me, as long as the world
15 Good bye dear
16 Olive
18 PS Did you get my letter to Cron, & post it.
20 Do you think it would be any use if I came down & tried to see
21Merriman & Sauer & Hoffmeyer & Will. Surely they ought to be able to
22come to some understanding.
24 I’m very ill, worse than I was in Cape Town or I would some down now.