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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold1/1902/21
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date3 July 1902
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
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.
1 Hanover
2 July 3rd 1902
4 Dear Fan
6 A beautiful thought has just struck me. I have got my pass from
7General Lyttleton to go up to Johannesburg & can go any time. I want
8to move into our little cottage first, am not feeling over fit the
9last days so think I shall be going in about ten days or a
10fortnight’s time. Well wouldn’t it be possible for you to come up
11with me? We might meet at Hanover Rd= or you might come here for a day
12or so first?
14 You’ve always wanted to see Pretoria. You would I suppose stay at
15Bessie’s. I shall only be in the Transvaal a few day but if you
16wanted to stay longer you’d be nearly sure to meet some one you
17could travel down with. Give the matter serious thought I suppose your
18brother will be gone by that time, but you would enjoy a visit there,
19& it would be so nice if we two could go up together. I am travelling
20first class because the trafic manager says I can go up with the half
21of the old ticket I came ^down^ with three years ago. We might break the
22journey at Bloemfontein for a day if you liked to see the place.
24 Good bye, dear.
25 Your little sister Olive
27 ^I got a nice long letter from Jan Smuts yesterday. He is returning to
28meet his wife at Pretoria this week.^