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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold4/Mar-Dec1920/41
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date30 November 1920
Address FromOak Hall, Wynburg, Cape Town, Western Cape
Address ToMiller’s Point, 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 date of this letter is provided by the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address it was sent to.
1 Oak Hall
2 Tram terminus
3 Wynberg
5 My dear Mrs Murray
7 I am so glad to think next week you will be here. As you will be at
8Miller’s Point I cannot see much of you, but its will be so good to
9know you are all here in Africa. I am so anxious to know how dear old
10Freddie stood the voyage. Thank you for your letter which I have just
11gone. You will hear that the parliament doesn’t meet till March the 2nd,
12 but that gives us longer time to work. Need I tell you I tell you I
13will do all I can. I will certainly write Smuts & will also have a
14talk with him when he comes I know intimately two Unionist members of
15parliament who I think are sure to be returned & who w I will get not
16only to vote but to speak for the bill I will also write to Hertzog
17who is a great friend of mine, & will see Tielman Roos when he comes
18down & several others. Oliver is I believe giving Law lectures at
19Jo’burg & I will get him to take the subject up. I know he thinks it
20ridiculous that a man can marry his wife’s sister & not his
21brother’s wife. I will also if you all think it will get a body of
22women & go with them with a petition to the Government. It seems not
23only to me a just thing but a very good thing that a man should be
24able to marry his wife’s sister.
26 I am longing to know how you left Betty. Does she think of coming out?
27I made the mistake of my life in coming out; but it is too late now to
28repent. If I had had any idea what the condition of affairs here was I
29should never have dreamed of coming. Ruth Alexander told me when she
30was in London it was all a lie about people not being able to get
31rooms here, that they were cheap & plentiful & I could get them
32anywhere. I thought I should get two nice unfurnished rooms in
33Tamboer’s Kloof & settle down there. This wretched little room I
34have here is the only place I have been able to find after advertising
35& searching for two months: & I can’t go up-country now.
37 I do hope Freddie will find the climate all he dreams of. I am so glad
38to hear from Betty that she thinks both you & Dr Murray looking much
39better. I felt very anxious about you
41 Much love to you all.
42 Olive