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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold4/1901/37
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 21 May 1901
Address FromHanover, 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, which is on black-edged mourning paper, in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation. Schreiner was resident in Hanover from September 1900 to October 1907, after 1902 with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere.
1 Tuesday
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3 Darling Friend
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5 I’ve been unreadable ill of late or would have written before. The
6doctor says my heart is weak. I hope I shall be better soon & able to
7work. I am so useless in this world. I’m glad you saw my darling
8husband. He always enjoys a talk with you two much.
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10 I know a large peace will come to South Africa at last but many of us
11will not live to see it. It will not be tomorrow. The doctor says I
12have been living too much alone & that my attacks of faintness rise
13partly from the having being overtaxed, but I think the bitter damp
14cold would here have much to do with it. I would go some where else
15for the winter if it were not for martial law.
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17 I think of two of you both. You don’t know what a comfort your mere
18existence is to me.
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20 Good bye.
21 Olive
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