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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/24
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 7 September 1898
Address Fromna
Address ToGirls Collegiate School, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
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 of this letter has been derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, while the name of the addressee and the address it was sent to are on its front. The name of the addressee is also indicated by salutation and content.
1 Wednesday morning
3 Dear Friend
5 Have been up with bad asthma all night. If I’m so bad at Zuurberg
6shall have to leave at once, as the doctors say a bad attack might now
7be the end at any time. It wouldn’t not matter if that happened, but
8each time one feels permanently worse & less fit for work. If I do get
9asthma there I shall come down early tomorrow & shall wire to you so
10that ^you^ get
the wire before 10 o’clock. If you don’t get that
11wire tomorrow you will know I am staying on, & do come
13 I had a fine thought in the night. Cron is now writing the leaders for
14the Bloemfontein paper. If he were to write a series of articles on
15capitalism, nationalization of land & railways &c, we might issue them
16as pamphlets or in book form (I think Ons Land would do it for us
17cheap) & they might do much good as they would get to people who never
18read the Free State papers. The sun has just risen I am always so
19thankful when the night is over. Please if you do come bring me one ounce
20of Citrate of Caffeine it’s 2/6 an ounce at Gardner’s. Miss Green
21ought to join me at Cawoods, & she
23^& I could hire a cart in Cradock & go & see Lily Kloof. I know I
24should never live there, but I’ve so often thought what a lovely
25place it would be for a school, so healthy & stimulating. Its just
26about the same height as Hershell. ^
28 Olive