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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold4/1897/17
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday 18 September 1897
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno
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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. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content.
1 Matjesfontein
2 Saturday
4 Dear Friend
6 We got here last night, I are resting on our way to Kimberly, from
7here we are going on to Hope Town where we shall stay with my
8husband’s sister & m for a few days before going on to Kimberley.
9Perhaps I shall have to stay in the boarding house in Kimberley where
10you stayed for a little time till I’m strong enough for my house
11work. I would have written before, but I’ve not taken pen in hand
12for months. J I was bad on the voyage out & very bad in Cape Town, but
13I was very much better the last day & Mrs Murray came & took me for a
14drive. She’s a splendid woman.
16 My dear brother seems becoming much more liberal on the native
17question. But I never argue with him. Seeds grow quickest under ground.
18 Good Give my best love to dear Miss Green. It’s so good to think of
19you down there, it makes Africa seem so much fuller to me. I have
20hundreds of little things to tell you, when but I can’t.
22 I’m so glad Bessie Mackenzie is going to come to Kimberley before
23very long.
25 Sir Charles Metcalf came out with us, & a lot of Rodesians. On Four of
26the leading men of the Jameson Rade, but I saw no one hardly.
28 Thank you so much, so very much for your letters.
30 I wish I could some where to meet you this holidays, but I can’t.
31When is Miss Price going to be married? Cron sends his love
33 Olive