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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box 12/Fold2/Misc/4
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 12 September 1901
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToAlice 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. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in Hanover between September 1900 and late 1907.
3Dear Miss Greene
5I do hope you are feeling quite better again & will be able to go up
6the mountain on Saturday. Cron writes he is going too. I love this
7unreadable place very much it is after mine own heart, a real village,
8not a town, & it is not a village in the Karroo, it is a village of
9the Karroo. You see the Karroo all round it. Now all the fruit trees
10are coming into bloom & it is one mass of pink & white blossoms, with
11that wonderful dreamy look that orchards in full bloom have. Then
12there are lovely koppjes by the town. In five or six minutes from the
13time I leave my room I can be sitting on the top of a koppje, & see
14almost 50 miles away on every hand, The Snewberg & Compass-berg, &
15Coles Kop on the north, which was fortified during the way war. The
16Boer commandos was within twenty miles of the village during the war.
17There is still a j body of soldier, or rather volunteers not soldiers
18guarding at the station. I do love this place, its such a heaven after
19that vulgar Beaufort. While I was there the soldiers shot a coloured
20man dead, but it was kept out of the papers.
22One cannot live in this Great velt & feel that this is to be
23permmanetly the land of slaves. Those Cape Town politicians ought to
24breathe this air a little, further from the decayed air of Government
25rouse. All my letters now pass through de Aar under Martial Law, but I
26have no objection to my reading them if they do open them. It may do
27them good. So far I’d written & then I lay down & went off to sleep
28for two hours. Now I must finish, This is a fine place for sleeping. I
29slept 11 hours at a stretch the first night, but of course I’d not
30slept for so long.
32Good bye, dear. Much love to you both.
35Give my love to Anna Purcell. How I wish I was going up the mountain
36with you all. I like Mrs Malan. Ask them if they have further news of
37Mrs Smuts.
39^Mrs ?Nehemeher wrote that the English were going to put Mrs Smuts over
40the border. I suppose she is with her husband^