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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold4/1905/4
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date30 January 1905
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 name of the addressee of this letter is indicated by salutation.
1 Hanover
2 Jan 30th 1905
4 My darling Friend
6 Thank you for your letter. At first such a terrible feeling came over
7me when I thought you would not be coming back for two years, but now
8I feel sure we will see you here sooner. Perhaps if anything brought
9you out you & I might go for a little two weeks holiday to Kat River &
10the Ju Kowie in June or July!!! That is the beautiful time for
11visiting those parts. ^We shall return here from parliament about the
1212th of June.^
14 Beloved friend, you won’t say one little word about my individual
15life to any of my friends in England. I have never said to any
16humanbeing what I said to you: & I sometimes feel so distressed that I
17did. Great is silence.
19 Good bye Beloved. May your time in England grow brighter & brighter
20with the spring & sunshine.
21 Olive
23^You know the world is so small. I find in some ways England is nearer
24to Cape Town & Hanover than Natal. And any little word you said might
25be so misunderstood & repeated. The women here don’t distress me any
26more. I am so much more able to bear things than I was. Have Tell me
27what you think of Carpenter’s new book. ^
29 Olive
The book referred to is: Edward Carpenter (1904) The Art of Creation London: George Allen.