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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold1/1902/13
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date16 May 1902
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 and content.
1 Hanover
2 May 16 / 02
4 Dear Friend
6 Thank you for your letter. I hope its nice & sunny down at Kalk Bay, &
7that both you & Miss Greene are feeling fit. The weather here is very
8fine too. I am just away to sit outside a little & get warm. Yesterday
9was peace day, & some of the English here seem expecting a wire to
10come to say there is peace, but I have never felt the slightest,
11faintest hope of peace coming now; it seems to me like madness to
12expect it.
14 Please give my love to Anna & Mrs C & Mrs M. I think of you all so
15much. It’s so nice to think all the world isn’t a nightmare like
16Hanover. That it is real & people are living in it just as they used
17to in the old days.
19 Cron is away in his little office. I see very little of him now, but
20am so thankful he has something to take an interest in. It’s the
21blankness of this life that tells on one so, with out newspapers, &
22without a library & without friends. It’s the poorest little library
23here I ever knew in any Colonial village, practically there is none.
24There are a couple of little shelves with novels.
26 It seems to me I should almost die of joy if I were to see any of you
29 Good bye dear one,
30 Olive
32 I wish Miss Greene could get home for a little while I’m sure it
33would do her good.
35 Olive