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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold5/1906/17
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 23 September 1906
Address FromHotel De Aar, De Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToCaroline Murray nee 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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 ^Please address as below^
2 The Hotel
3 de Aar
4 Sunday.
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6 Dear Mrs Murray
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8 You told me you were going to Nels’ Poort. I wonder if you would do
9me a great favour. My heart has been very bad since I came up so high
10& I must try & go lower for a few weeks. Where is a new, nice looking,
11large house with tw iron roof close to the Railway a little higher
12than Nels Poort. Miss Molteno once told me that some people she knew
13had built it meaning to take in visitors. I don’t remember their
14name, but she said they were nice people.
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16 Could you please do me the favour as soon as possible of letting me
17know if they do now take in visitor & on what terms & if you think
18they would mind taking me. If they should hold political views opposed
19to mine I should never expres mention politics. (My position is lonely
20now the Dutch don’t like me because I am English & wont look at the
21South African problems from a race standpoint; & the English don’t
22because I thought the war was a mistake!)
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24 You would be doing me a very great kindness if you could let me hear
25on this matter. I don’t p quite know where to go or what to do. I
26should like to take the room in the first place for a few f days &
27then go on to Matjesfontein if it doesn’t do me good. If it does I
28would like to stay for a month or two months till my heart got
29stronger.
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31 Go I hope you are enjoy your visit. There seems no hope of Miss
32Molteno
& Miss Greene returning soon. I long to see them so.
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34 Yours affecty
35 Olive Schreiner
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37 ^De Aar is not higher than Hanover but it seems to suit my heart even
38worse.^
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