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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/22
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date31 May 1912
Address FromDe Aar, 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 De Aar
2 May 31st 1912
4 My beloved Friend
6 I have no no news of you. I suppose Alice came & you went together to
7Natal, but I don’t know your address there. Please tell me about
8yourselves. Ask Alice to write if she’s not too busy.
10 Cron is down to in Cape Town to see his mother who has had a stroke &
11is supposed to be dying. He has been a week but returns tomorrow night.
13 My sister Mrs Lewis at last seems coming near her rest. Oh Bettie it
14is awful to pray that those you love may die! She has been two years
15dying. She has four nurses now two for the day & two for the night.
16They have to hold her up always. The swelling is slowly mounting to
17her arm-pits. She has tasted nothing but a little water for many days
18– surely the end must be near. My beloved friend Con Lytton is also
19they fear dying from her heart. A clot formed of the worn out tissue
20of that dear brave loving heart has got into her brain & she is quite
21paralyzed. If it moves she may yet live for some time: but I do not
22wish it if she is to suffer as Ettie has suffered: Oh its not death
23one rebells against – one accepts that – but its these awful years
24of agony before the end. Tell me about yourself & Alice & about your
27 Olive