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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold4/1901/41
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 28 June 1901
Address FromHaartebeest Hoek, De Aar, Northern Cape
Address ToLyndall, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape
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 date of this letter has been derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address it was sent to. Schreiner visited Haartebeest Hoek from late June to early July 1901.
1 c/o Mr J.A. Van Zyl
2 Hartebeest Hoek
3 nr de Aar
4 Thursday
6 Dear Fan
8 We came here last Monday; the change seems doing me good. I have such
9a nice warm little room with the sun shining in all day, & the dear
10people are so kind. It is so quiet & peaceful here, one would not know
11there was any war going on in the country, but for the fact that all
12ones letters are opened by the censors.
14 Cron is looking much better too, he has put on 5lbs since he came from
15Cape Town. Love to you all dear.
17 Your little sister
18 Olive
20 I hope you have good news of all the friends. Please send me the
21account for the 2 nightgowns. It was not enclosed from the shop. They
22are a great comfort to me as I only get up for half an hour while they
23make my bed, but I hope soon to be on my feet again.
25^Address ^
26 c/o Mr J.A. Van Zyl if you write at once. We shall likely be here for
27another week.
On 22 June, Cronwright-Schreiner had written to Betty Molteno about this visit, as follows:

Hanover, C.C.
22 June 01

My dear Friend,

Your note of Thursday came today. It was pleasant to learn that Malan & the others are now being treated better. Remember me to them when you see them again.

It stormed nearly all last night and in consequence we were unable to leave today. All well we shall go on Monday. Olive had a bad night, but is pretty well today. The rain is most timely. She sends her love to you both.

That was indeed a fine piece of writing of Harrison?s, showing that literary power which his friends have always claimed for ^him.^ What a man he is. Did the ?News take it over?

Your sincere friend,
S.C. Cronwright Schreiner
(BC 16 1901)