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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold3/1904/24
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 20 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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content. Schreiner was resident in Hanover from September 1900 to October 1907, after 1902 with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere.
1 Monday
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3 Darling Friend
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5 I have just got your note. It was a terrible shock – I know all it
6means to her; & to you too. In some ways you will suffer almost more
7for her than she suffers herself.
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9 It is so well that ^Mrs Greene^ had so many of her other children about
10her but that will not take away from Miss Greene’s longing to have
11been with her.
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13 How are you my dear, dear friend, I fear you are not very fit for the
14voyage; & yet it may be just the thing that will do you good.
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16 If you go to England & see any of my friends don’t say anything to
17any of them about any of the little difficulties of my life about
18which I have spoken to you. I have said more to you than to any other
19humanbeing in these ten years, & I feel as if I had so much better
20have said nothing. It is not only in politics that a great silence is
21sometimes the only course. I hope you will send me your address before
22you go.
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24 Olive
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