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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/7
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date10 February 1908
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address ToKenilworth House, Kenilworth, Cape Town, Western Cape
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 address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope.
1 Box 24
2 De Aar
3 Feb 10 / 08
5 Dear Mrs Murray
7 I am so anxious to meet your brother Percy & hear a little about Natal
8affairs. The train only stops here ten minutes. I wonder whether it
9would be possible for him to break his journey for a few hours. If he
10came by the morning train & went on in the evening, or better still if
11he came by the evening train l & slept the night here & went on the
12next morning we could have a nice long chat. The Hotel here is very
13good now: excellent food & clean rooms. Very good new people have
14taken it over. I’m sorry I can’t ask him to stay with us, but our
15house is still only walls, the roof has yet to come on. Of course I
16know it may not be possible for him to stay but we should both so much
17enjoy it if he could. unreadable I have written to Miss Colenso but
18have had no answer. I am very doubtful as to my letters reaching her.
19I have had experience of Martial Law tactics, which are carried on
20even when there is no martial law!! I’ve had a delightful long
21letter from Betty. She seems enjoying May’s companionship much; &
22I’m sure its good for all Cape women to get out of the narrow little
23cape world for a few years. I’m so glad to hear your brother
24Percy’s wife is better. She’s a woman who has a curious attraction
25for me: I always wish we could get really to know each other. But it
26takes long to get close to close to Scotch people, though they are
27worth it when you do.
29 Do let your brother know what a great pleasure it would be to us if we
30could see him.
32 Yours ever
33 Olive Schreiner