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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/39
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 November 1898
Address FromDounan’s House, Hospital Hill, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Address To
Who ToFrances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz
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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.
1 Dounan’s House
2 Hospital Hill
3 Johannesburg
4 Nov 5th 1898
6 Dear Fan
8 I went down today to Maggie Coopers & saw her & her three little boys,
9& Bessie Findlay & her mother who have come over from Pretoria. Bessie
10is much better again, but seems to have been very seriously ill. Her
11mother is a lovely charming old lady, a sort of universal mother.
13 We are perhaps going to move into a little house of our own on the
14very top of the hill where I think I shall be better, & get more sleep:
15 but are just waiting for Cron to get definite work in some lawyers
16office. He has had one very good offer (it seems almost too good to be
17true) but it will be decided in a week or ten days, when the other
18partner comes from England.
20 I meet a very nice little woman the other night, so bright & sweet a
21Mrs Smith who was a Miss Steytler (I don’t know how to spell it) of
22Sea Point, young Mrs Gies sister: also a Mrs Humphries who says she
23knew you all well at Swellendam. She was a Miss MacIllish (or some
24such name). She has married a very nice handsome manly young fellow
25from England. I think there are very nice kindly people in
26Johannesburg but I don’t seem to hate the place any less than at
27first. I suppose I shall in time if I have to live here.
29 The climate is something superb. I never knew such a climate, the air
30is so cool & fresh in spite of the dust. Last night it was quite cold
31again almost like winter.
33 Good bye dear. I am very anxious about this mornings news in the
34papers. At all costs & at any price Will & his party must keep in,
35because it will strengthen Rhodes reputation in England if they are
37^thrown out. Love to the small folk.^