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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold4/1901/24
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date29 March 1901
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Brown nee Solomon
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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.
1 Hanover
2 March 29 / 01
4 Dear Mrs Brown
6 I have just got your letter. You will have seen from the papers what
7has happened to us in this little village, rather smaller than
8Frazersburg. Three of our Hanover young men have been executed by the
9military as Rebels. They were tied in three chairs & shot by sixty
10English soldiers They all died protesting they were not present at the
11fight where they were said to have been. One leaves a wife & 5 little
12children & the dau she is expecting another in three months. I will
13write you a long letter some day – One’s heart is very dry now.
15 Good bye. I’m glad July gets on so well. Did you hear that my eldest
16brother had lost his only son child Wilfred? The old man’s heart
17will fear be quite broken.
19 Good bye
20 Olive
22 Cron is still in Cape Town with his mother I’m so glad he’s there
23it would be terribly hard for him here, we are not allowed to leave
24the village &c. so it One longs so sometimes to get away away
25into the velt to be quite alone & therefore not lonely.