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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold4/1905/30
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date10 August 1905
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno
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Legend
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 Aug 10 / 05
3
4 Dear Friend
5
6 I am sure the doctor is right & that you will be much better &
7stronger after a time. You should try never to put pressure on
8yourself just now. Do what is easiest for you & save yourself from
9strain & worry of any kind for some time.
10
11 I do hope you got the cheque ^PO order^ I sent for the machine.
12
13 I am getting on all right & so are the family. Cron is still away at
14Cape Town with his mother & brother, but returns at the end of the
15week. I’ve had a great pleasure since I last wrote. My dear old
16friend Dr Brown came to spend a day with me here. He likes my little
17house. The new room is very nice though there’s nothing in. The
18paper’s such a pretty dull restful blue. I always feel rested when I
19come in here. I think the eye craves so beautiful
20
21^colour here in this world where there are no flowers or trees & every
22thing dust coloured. I like the parts of the country where the soil
23has that ruddy, reddish colour like up at Hershel. It’s such a dream
24of mine that when you come back to Africa some day you & Alice & I
25should go up there & to Kat Berg together. ^
26
27 I am sending you a little letter I wrote for the shop assistants
28meeting at Johannesburg. Thanks for your brother Percy’s little note.
29 I liked it unreadable
30
31 Good bye.
32 Olive
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34 I am quite happy here contented to live & die here. I forget all about
35the people.
36
37 Olive
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Notation
The 'little letter for the shop assistants' meeting' is: "Letter read at a shop assistants' demonstration, Johannesburg, 1905", published as Appendix D in S.C. Cronwright-Schreiner (1924) The Letters of Olive Schreiner London: Fisher Unwin.