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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box 12/Fold1/Undated/36
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday June 1903
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 been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The name of its likely addressee is indicated by the salutation.
1Beaufort West
2Wednesday
3
4Dear Friend,
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6When you’ve corrected the MS please give them to Cron. I want to
7send one to America by next week. I ought to ^have^ sent it this, but
8couldn’t write. My heart gets so bad as soon as I try to write
9anything difficult.
10
11My darling old husband wanted to come up to me, but I’d rather
12he’d stay in town, till he’s done what he has to do there.
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14Y You know I feel more & more sure that when the settlement comes it
15will be found that England will not get the Transvaal gold. That all
16rights have been given away to France &c, & that it will be hands off.
17The poor Transvaal may come off badly between the powers, but is not
18who will gain by her greed & cruelty. They have shot ?Cardena for
19wanting to Kidnap Roberts. So we the mightiest & most Christian Nation
20on earth spend our money in tempting men that we may shoot them. I
21have more contempt for England & the English people today than I have
22for a clod of filth in the streets. Other nations have done these
23things but no other nation has bragged of its virtue & Christianity as
24England has done.
25
26Good bye. It is always a comfort & joy to me to think of you.
27Olive
28
29^If I don’t get really better here I shall perhaps go to Hanover or
30Middelburg in a week’s time. But address here. NB Don’t trouble to
31send the MS to Cron I’ll send you the address in a day or two.^
32
Notation
The manuscripts which Schreiner refers to cannot be established.