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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold3/1904/23
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date4 July 1904
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 July 4 / 04
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4 Darling Friend
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6 Your post card made me so glad today. I hope Caledon will go on being
7so restful & good for you. Are you at the Sanatorium or at a private
8place? Every one who has been to Caledon seems to like it.
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10 We are having weather a little warmer here. Heavy frosts every night,
11but not such bitter cold winds.
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13 I send you such a nice letter I got from ?Vaeorena’s wife. You must
14go & see some of my friends when you go to England. I know you will
15like to see some of them so much. Elli’s wife Miss Greene will
16simply delight in. Life seems much easier here since I have accepted I
17people have forgotten all about the war & its lessons; & one doesn’t
18expect the old relations with them a bit. There come time in life when
19you must cut out bits of yourself & let them die. Of course you carry
20a bit of dead matter about with you ever after & it makes one get a
21bit heavy as life ^time^ passes, but its the only way. The bad thing is
22that what one has once had to kill never back. I am now quite ready
23for "conciliation:" no one will ever be troubled by my caring too much
24for South African politics or matters again. unreadable Mrs unreadable
25is a far unreadable.
It is amusing to look on, but the game is not a
26game that has any great interest for me You must try & die too that
27way, or you can’t keep on living in South Africa. I fancy part of
28Miss Greene’s longing for England springs from something the same
29feeling.
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31 I am so glad the Japs are doing well so far, as it may help to break
32up the Russian government & set the Russians free; but I fear Russia
33may yet have some successes.
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35 Good bye my darling friend. Love to you both.
36 Olive
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