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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold2/1894/3
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date20 February 1894
Address FromMiddelburg, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno
Other VersionsRive 1987: 231-2
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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 name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content.
1 Middelburg
2 Feb 20 / 94
4 Dearest Friend
6 Have you heard that I am to be married next Saturday morning to Mr
9 Our farm is close to Halesowen station so you will stop & see me some
10day, eh? I am going to keep my old name of Olive Schreiner, so just
11address that & P.O. Halesowen. I am going to be married by the
12magistrate just in my ordinary walking dress that I wear every day, &
13we are to go down to our Farm the same day. It is possible that in
14April at the time of the show I may be coming down to Port Elizabeth
15for a couple of days & then I’ll see you.
17 About my marriage I can only say I have a deep calm sense that I am
18doing write.
20 Give my love to Miss Greene.
21 Olive Schreiner
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.