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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold4/1905/15
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date28 April 1905
Address FromEastbergholt, Tamboer’s Kloof Road, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape
Address ToThe Three Crowns, Chagford, Devon
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 and the address this letter was sent to are provided by an attached envelope. The name of the addressee is also indicated by salutation.
1 Eastbergholt
2 Tamboer’s Kloof Rd
3 Tamboer’s Kloof
4 April 28 / 05
6 My dear Friend
8 I am still here. I was so go glad of your letter & to hear you were
9perhaps going to see Isabella. I have not been to see Mrs Murray yet.
10I have only been able to go out a few times since I came to Cape Town.
11But I am better the last week & shall perhaps be able to get out. The
12doctors say my heart is more enlarged than it was & has pressed the
13stomach quite out of its place too, so I can’t expect to be very
14spry! Why I am so much better when I am lying down is that heart is
15always distended with blood, but that when I lie down it has less work
16in pumping it.
18^Cron has just gone up to Hanover for ten days. Nothing is doing in
19parliament. Dear old Malan & his wife came to see me last night as
20Anna Purcell had to take them I was not well. It was so nice to see
21them. This is only one Malan in South Africa. The more I see him the
22more I trust him politically. ^
24 Olive