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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold4/1905/6
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date20 February 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 and content.
1 Hanover
2 Feb 20 / 05
4 My darling Friend
6 I wonder if you really are coming to Africa soon. I feel as if you
9 Cron returns tomorrow after a two weeks absence. We leave this for
10Cape Town in a little more than two weeks, arriving there on Sunday
11the 12th. We have rooms a little higher up yet than Mrs Johnson’s in
12Tamboer’s Kloof. They are smaller but much cheaper than Mrs Johnsons.
13 I think I shall be well anywhere in Tamboer’s Kloof. I will write &
14tell you all about things when I get to Cape Town. I wish so you could
15here say in July, than you & I might go for a little trip to the Kowie.
16 I know I can’t stand July & August here without getting away a
17little: we could perhaps go to beautiful Kat River & Healdtown, which
18would interest you greatly. Perhaps Cron would go with us & that
20^would be delightful. ^
22 Good bye dear one. Love to you both
23 Olive
25 If you meet Alice Corthorn be sure not to to be careful not to tell
26her much of my life. I love her very much, she beautiful in so many
27ways. But there are thousands of things I could say to you & Alice
that I couldn’t mention to her.
30 ‘Arriet is getting so wonderful, she’s getting to love me so just
31like a dog. They are all so sweet; my poor little Kaffir is in great
32sorrow at my having to leave him behind when I go to Cape Town with
33Miss Viljoen on their farm.