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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold4/1905/8
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date26 February 1905
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToFrances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz
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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.
1 Hanover
2 Feb 26 / 05
4 Dear Fan,
6 Thanks so much for your letter. It was wonderful to see the dear old
7handwriting again!!
9 We shall arrive in town on Sunday afternoon the 12th by mail train. We
10are going to a new boarding house, also in Tamboer’s Kloof but a
11little higher up, which is cheaper than the old one. I may be as free
12from asthma there. You will have no excuse for not coming to see me
13now, because the train passes my very door step. You get in at the
14station & haven’t to walk a step to my front door. The address is 36
15 Mileham
16 36 Brownlow Rd
17 Tamboer’s Kloof
19 Its the very highest street that the train goes to. My dear old
20friends the Browns may come & spend the first week in April with us
21there, but otherwise I shall be all alone now the Purcells have left.
22It is bitterly cold here to-day. We fear a frost which will kill off
23what little there is in the gardens. No person who has not lived
24through a three years drought in the karroo can have any idea how
25awful it is. A neighbour gave me a slice of spanspek today, the first
26fruit I have eaten this year except a little box of fruit Isie
mother sent from Stellenbosch!
29 I suppose you will still be down at St James till the end of March.
30Cron tells me Dot thinks of taking two years to her B.A. I am so glad
31she is going on.
33 As I write the doctor has knocked at the door to say there is a bad
34case of diptheria, & the school must be closed tomorrow.
36 I am bringing two dogs & five meerkats down. Doesn’t any body want 2
37young meerkats! – not a boy, of course, unless he’s a very
38exceptional boy like Ollie! Good bye dear old sis
40 Olive