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Letter ReferenceEdward Carpenter 359/89
ArchiveSheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date10 August 1905
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToEdward Carpenter
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The Project is grateful to the Sheffield Archives, Sheffield Libraries, Archives and Information Services, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Archive Collections.
1 Hanover
2 Aug 10th 1905
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4 Dear Ed
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6 I got a letter the other day from a Miss Darby; who says she is a
7friend of yours. So many people say they are your dear friends (like
8the Swans & others) that I am always a little doubtful!! She is with
9Miss Hobhouse.
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11 I’ve had a great joy this week. My dear old friend Dr John Brown,
12once of Burnley came & spent a day here. In the five years I have been
13here, once my sister came for a day, & once Miss Molteno & Miss Green
14for a day, & those are all the friends faces I have seen here in five
15years, & I have only five times left the village, so you can think
16what a red letter day it was. I don’t think the happiness of such
17happy things end too when they are over because you always have the
18memory & it makes everything beautiful. I wonder where Kate Salt is
19now & if you ever see her.
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21 I’m very well & my dear little Kaffir is a great interest to me. We
22are having a great deal of ice & snow here still. Cron is away in Cape
23Town for ten days, but returns the day after tomorrow.
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25 I hear the Lawrence’s are coming out to South Africa. Do you know
26them. I fear I shan’t see them, as they are not likely to come to
27this out of the way place. I hope they will learn something true about
28the way they are treating the Chinamen, & about the desire of the
29Colonist to have a
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31^native way war to bring money into the country. They might be of some
32use; but sometimes it seems to me there not much to be done in this
33world to prevent things & set them right, you must just let things
34drift & drift, till at last wrong doing & oppression bring their own
35punishment - & they do bring it! Though I tarry long saith the Lord. ^
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37 Good bye dear old friend
38 Olive
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40 How is my old Bob getting on? I’ve not heard from him for such a
41long long time
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