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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold2/1903/18
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date14 September 1903
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 of this letter is indicated by salutation and content.
1 Hanover
2 Sep 14th 1903
4 Dear Friend
6 I have had no news from you since you were at E.P. but suppose you are
7now at your brother’s farm
9 I went to Bloemfontein on Sep the 5th. I had heard of my mother’s
10death that morning & felt I should go mad if I stayed on here alone in
11the little room in which we are living. Cron was leaving that night
12for Pretoria so I went with him as far as Bloemfontein & stayed there
13thr four days & then returned here.
15 I hope you are both very happy at the farm. That beautiful time at
16Uitkÿk seems now to me like a lovely dream. It has all melted away &
17now there is nothing but the strange night mare of Hanover life.
18Eunice has three little one & never leaves them night or day.
20^Good bye my dear ones. Neta & ‘Arriet & Tommie are well. I shall
21move into my house this week but I get on with the moving slowly ^
22 Olive
24 ^Did I tell you that Mrs Van Heerden’s old grandfather was dead? I
25have heard from her again today.^