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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold1/Dated/11
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday October 1908
Address Fromna
Address To
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 month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Thursday
3 Dear Mrs Murray
5 Thank you for sending Betty’s letter. I am afraid I have treated
6even her very badly, I have been writing to no one for a long time. It
7must be so delightful at your farm. I sometimes have a day dream that
8perhaps my husband will buy a little farm in that part of the world
9one day. All doctors tell me it’s such a bad part of Africa for
10asthma, but with Tucker’s Cure I might manage it.
12 Are there small farms for three or four thousand to be had in that
15 //I’m afraid our sending the petition to the convention was a
16mistake as it roused Mrs Merriman & Mrs Beck &c &c. All the letters I
17get from England show how astonishingly the movement is spreading in
18directions & among people where one would leave have expected it.
20 Don’t Betty’s letters make one long to be with her among all that
21beauty? One hardly dares to picture anything green here in the sand.
23 Good bye.
24 Yours affecty
25 Olive Schreiner