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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold4/1901/59
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date2 December 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 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 Dec 2nd 1901
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3 Dear Friend
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5 I was glad to get your post card. The news here is very very sad. On
6Sunday the Boers attacked a train near Naauport a lady who has arrived
7here was in it. They had all to lie flat in the carriages with the
8bullets flying through. All the trucks were taken by the Boers & burnt,
9 but the passengers were allowed to come on here.
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11 The Boers are in the district & ^have^ commandeered some horses, & every
12horse is to be brought into the town today. I think it will only draw
13the commandos here. Oh Dear Friend war is a very terrible thing a much
14more terrible thing than those at a distance can ever dream. We heard
15the cannons firing yesterday, but don’t know where.
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17 My dear love to you all.
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19 My husband seems never to get my letters, will you please at once send
20him this. I am so thankful he is in Cape Town with his mother. I’m
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22 I hope your head is better.
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24 Olive
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