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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box 12/Fold1/Undated/21
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday July 1900
Address FromBeaufort West, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno
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Legend
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.
1Beaufort West
2Thursday night.
3
4I am back in the old room missing you & Miss Greene so. I do hope you
5gave the MS of your speech to the South Africans News Man. It took a
6view no one else touched on & was valuable. Miss Greene’s speech was
7simply splendid. Every one said so. Especially when she said “Rebels
8every one of them.”!!!
9
10If ever you are in town could you go to the White house for me & see
11if I could secure a nice large room for the t Thurs-day the 24th I
12think it will be, but Thursday any how? I am so uncertain as to what I
13ought to do. I know Cron will want to stay in Town with his mother for
14a few weeks, especially as Parliament is sitting. If he wires he wants
15me to come down, I would like to feel I had a dry place in Town to go
16to. But it may be he is going up to Johannesburg almost at once, in
17which case there would be no need for I my coming down as, he could
18spend some days with me on his way up. Every-thing seems to me so dark
19in the personal future that I look away to public concerns for
20brightness. I never much felt so drawn to old Sauer as this time I saw
21him. There is something so loveable about him when all is said & done!
22I am very heart sore about my old Brother. He said he wouldn’t talk
23politics with a “woman” when I went to see him, that women’s
24politics were folly: so of course I said nothing to him on public
25matters & only stayed a minute. But when one looks a way from
26individuals to the state of the country at large I see much cause for hope.
27
28Show the enclosed letter & poem to dear little New Purcell. You’ve
29no idea what a sweet true, noble, little woman she is. I hope you will
30be able to get a house near her. I wish I could get rooms right up
31there. unreadable I feel as if I had no right to go & be ill in Cape
32Town when I can be so well & work here; & yet it may be the only
33chance I have of being with Cron for years if he goes up to
34Johannesburg.
35
36Good night. Do you feel Cape Town depressing you much? I was so glad I
37stayed in Town the last day to spend it with my dear little
38sister-in-law. She is nearly heart broken. What women have suffered in
39this awful war words are powerless to express.
40
41unreadable I was surprised the Argus & Times did not attack us more,
42but they will soon. Mrs Molteno little speech was good. Ach, there
43were such dear old Tommies in the train to-day.
44
45I wish I had time to tell you about a long talk I had with a war
46correspondent the last night. He says the war will certainly last for
47two months still.
48
49^Please try to get me a copy of the Argus for Monday & Tues-day nights,
50last. Especially the Monday one if you can.^
51
52^I can’t be certain I’m coming on Thursday the 24 only I’d like
53to know if they can give me the refusal of a room.^
54
Notation
The name of the addressee is indicated by content. The enclosed letter and poem are no longer attached.