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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/29
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date20 June 1912
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno and Alice Greene
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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 De Aar
2 June 20th 1912
4 Dear Bettie & Alice
6 I wish so much you would go to see my friend Mrs Alexander. She she is
7at Kimberley Villa Muizenberg. When you leave the station at
8Muizenberg & walk towards St James you soon come to a white double
9story house next to the church this side of Ab Bailey’s. She’s a
10splendid little little woman. I’d feel it a gift to me if you went.
11She has three tiny children, two darling little girls whom Alice will
12love & a new-born little son now four weeks old.
14 I am sending you that French man’s article. Will send you his letter
15in the papers as soon as I can find it. I feel you, Alice ought to go
16among the natives. Live there quietly for some months & print what you
17see. Your letters will be carefully filed by me. Then you come to de
18Aar & revise them. If it would be any help I would write a little
19preface just saying who you are, & the importance of the matter.
20Des-cribing native South African life simply & straight which has
21never yet been done. Don’t say no dear. Bettie can flie in upon you
22now & then & upon me at De Aar, be with all the darling children & the
23dear relatives at Cape Town, & make us all joyful wherever she goes. I
24am sure if you look at it carefully you will see there is no use in
25your just hanging round about Cape Town. We’ve had tremendous cold
28 My dear love to you both
29 Olive
31 ^Cron starts for the Victoria Falls on Sunday. I enclose you the note I
32got from Ruth Alexander this morning just to show you what she’s
33like. Return it. Alexander is a great upholder of the natives in
34parliament. He’s not very polished, but he’s a good hearted fellow,
35 & very talented.^
'That French man's article' cannot be traced.