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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/30
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednedsay 28 September 1898
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address ToGirls Collegiate School, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Who ToBetty Molteno and Alice Greene
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Legend
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. Schreiner was resident in Kimberley from early August 1894 to November 1898.
1 Wednesday
2
3 My dear Friends
4
5 Cron promised me he would write & tell you I was leaving for
6Johannesburg on Friday next. On the way I shall stop at a Bloemfontein
7Saturday or Sunday to see my dear old friends Dr & Mrs Brown who will
8be there. Perhaps he will be able to help me. Address at Johannesburg
9
10 c/o Rev JT Lloyd
11 10 Pietersen St
12 Hospital Hill
13 Johannesburg
14
15 In Bloemfontein address just Post Office. It is so hard to part with
16Cron but I must get better somewhere. I am going down & down. Good bye,
17 dear true spirits. You will never never know what a comfort & joy the
18thought of you is to me. It is worth having lived to have known so
19many beautiful souls & having loved so much.
20
21 Olive
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Notation
Cronwright-Schreiner wrote to Betty Molteno the day after this letter, on 29 September 1898, that 'Olive leaves for Johannesburg tomorrow. She has been better yesterday & today. She fancied champagne, & its effect has been extraordinary. I think she'll do well at the Rand. We are on Cecil's spoor, but the corruption in this district where his influence has had sway for 17 years is simply appalling.'. However, the day of this letter itself, he wrote a rather different letter to Betty Molteno, concerning him trying to raise money to establish a newspaper under his editorship:

The Homestead
Kimberley
29 Sept. 98

My dear Friend,

You probably know about the paper projected in the enclosed prospectus. It's a fair way towards realisation. Won't it be splendid if we have a paper to suite the Philistines! There are so many joints in their armour too!

Olive leaves for Johannesburg tomorrow. She has been better yesterday & today. She fancied champagne, & its effect has been extraordinary. I think she'll do well at the Rand.

We are on Cecil's spoor, but the corruption in this district where his influence has had sway for 17 years is simply appalling. There is a very fine article in the Midland News of last Tuesday, on Bismark, taken over from the "Positivist Review".

Olive sends her warmest love to you both.

Yours most sincerely
S.C. Cronwright Schreiner
(UCT BC 16 1898)/p