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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold4/1905/16
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date2 May 1905
Address FromEastbergholt, Tamboer's Kloof Road, Gardens, Cape Town, Western 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 Eastbergholt
2 Tamboer’s Kloof Rd
3 Tamboer’s Kloof
4 Cape Town
5 May 2nd 1905
7 Dear Friend
9 The weather is cooler here now it has begun to rain. I have quite
10revived under it & have been writing a long article to the Times who
11misrepresented all my views as to the Taal.
13 On Friday if I keep so well I am going to go out to Kenilworth with
14Anna Purcell to see Mrs Murray.
16 My dear old friends the Browns are still staying at a boarding house
17near here, & I often see them, which is very nice. Cron is still up in
18Hanover. He says that my little war story is splendid & that I ought
19to publish it; but I fancy it is only South Africans who will
20understand it at all.
22 I’m so glad you & Alice had such a fine little time together in
25 Good bye dear one
26 Olive
The 'long article' referred to is Schreiner's 'Letter on The Taal', published in the Cape Times 10 May 1905 (p.9); it also appears in a shortened version as Appendix E in (ed) Cronwright-Schreiner (1924) The Letters of Olive Schreiner London: Fisher Unwin. The 'little war story' referred to is '1899', published in Stories, Dreams and Allegories.