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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/57
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date3 September 1908
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address ToSandown Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToLucy Molteno nee Mitchell
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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 of this letter is provided by the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address it was sent to. Schreiner was in Cape Town from early July 1908 to early September 1908.
1 My dear Mrs Molteno
3 I did enjoy this afternoon so much, & not only I but everyone else. We
4all were gathered at the station for some time waiting for the train.
5And every one seemed so happy & pleased with every one else, & said
6how pleasant it had. The mere personality of the hostess has
7everything to do with the success of such a gathering And spreads a
8sense of freedom & happiness over every thing.
10 I hope you didn’t mind my bringing Murial ?Fersfeld. She is staying
11with my little niece who wanted so much to come, & didn’t like to
12leave her; so I told her I was sure you would be glad to see her.
13She’s a most interesting girl. Took her B.A. when only 19 & passed
14second in mathematics in honours for the f whole country. The mother
15died just after, & she is now keeping house for her father & a large
16young family so successfully, proving how false is the idea that the
17better a woman’s intellect is trained the less valuable she becomes
18for practical labour!
20 All the children looked so sweet. Your eldest little girl has such a
21singularly intent little face as if she were taking every thing in. I
22do wish Betty could see them just as they are now; baby is so perfect,
23& its another kind of beauty when they grow older.
25 I have a little plan about a woman’s dis-cussion club (quite a small
26thing with just a few of us at first) I would have liked to talk over
27with you, but we can discuss it on Wednesday.
29 Yours ever
30 Olive Schreiner