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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/31
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday October 1898
Address From67 Esselin Street, Hospital Hill, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno
Other VersionsRive 1987: 336
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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 month and year of this letter are surmised from content and place in the archival sequence. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content.
2c/o Mrs Po
367 Esselin St
4Hospital Hill
8Dear Friend
10 I got here this morning & am already feeling the benefit of this light
11fresh air. I have lain down & had a little sleep lying flat on my bed
12since I came! It’s wonderful, wonderful air. Fancy 2000 feet higher
13than the St ?Golhard Tunnel.
15 I shall be so grateful if I can get well enough to do a little work
16here. If only I felt I was earning something the mere thought would
17make me better. I have supported myself ever since I was a little
18child almost, & it would be so hard ever to be dependent on any one,
19even on Cron.
21 Are you having a good restful time at the Highlands. I wish now so
22much I had asked whether you & Miss Green wouldn’t go & stay at the
23Homestead with Cron for the Holidays. Johns a good worker there
24wouldn’t have been much housekeeping & Cron whould would have
25enjoyed it so.
27 The people at this boarding house seem nice & pleasant especially a
28little Jew man & his young Jew wife. It’s funny how I always like
29Jews! I seem always to see their best side, under a often repulsive
32 I am longing so to see Cron.
34 Good bye dear heart. My love to my darling Miss Green.
35 Olive
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.