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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold4/1905/11
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date7 April 1905
Address FromEastbergholt, Tamboer’s Kloof Road, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToAlice Greene
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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 Eastbergholt
2 Tamboer’s Kloof Rd
3 Tamboer’s Kloof
4 April 7 / 05
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6 My darling Friend
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8 I’m afraid I gave you a lot of trouble about that sewing machine.
9July Brown has come & knows nothing about it; it was never given to
10her. She says it was going to be sent to Southampton!! In that case I
11shall never get it. I am writing to Alice Corthorn to know what really
12happened about it. I should never have ordered it but I thought Julie
13would be able to get it at least a week before she sailed & pack it
14among her luggage. How much did it cost. Alice Corthorn says she sent
15the bill to you? Did you cash the cheque without trouble. It would
16have been better if I had sent a P.O. order, but I was just too tired
17to go down to the office & get it.
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19 We went last night to hear a lecture by Dr Kolbe in the Huguenot Hall.
20It was splendid. I was was longing you & Miss Molteno could hear it. A
21breath of the old times. I think dear old Merriman was a little pained
22by what Kolbe said about him. It was true of course that he kept
23silence during the critical time when we went to the congresses &
24spoke out but it might have been wiser to say nothing.
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26 I am expecting Mrs Merriman & Mrs Beck to come & see me this afternoon,
27 & this evening Freemantle is coming to have a long talk with me. They
28say the news is going to wake up now. May it be so!!
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30 I’m so glad to hear its gone so well with your setting up that new
31place of Hellens. Is it in working order yet, or are you still only
32getting it ready I wonder.
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34 I am sure it has done you both good to get away from Africa. But
35things are going to wake
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37^up here now.^
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39Good bye dear one.
40Olive
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