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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/8
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date17 May 1898
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern 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 name of the addressee is indicated by content of the letter. Schreiner was resident in Kimberley from early August 1894 to November 1898.
1 May 17 / 98
3 You will be wondering, dear friend, why I have not written before, but
4Cron’s dear old mother has been spending a fortnight with us, &
5except my daily post card to my mother I have not found time to put
6pen to paper. We are having such splendid stimulating cold weather. A
7heavy fall of snow yesterday! that reminded me of that day when we got
8to England!
10 Cron is trying to get some work at Johannesburg as he must support his
11mother & sister. It will be the bitterness of death to me to go away
12from this dear little house that I love so, but I feel his first duty
13is to them. He may not of course get work at Johannesburg, all his
14efforts have so far been useless. It’s a terrible place to live in
15in spite of the glorious climate. A brute of place that would just
16break ones heart in time if one had to live there. The one ray of
17light up there is dear old Lloyd. You can have no idea what a touching
18lovable little woman his wife is when you get really to know her.
20 I will write & tell you as soon as our plans are at all clear or made.
21^meanwhile don’t say anything to any one about them.^
23 I am hoping that the increasing strength of the Liberal Party at home
24may improve matters here: otherwise they look dark enough. The
25Kimberley paper talks as though there were a chance of Innes’s
26entering the ministry with Sprig & Sievewright but I cannot believe
27that is possible.
29 Good bye. My love to Miss Green. I hope so much she is better.
31 Yours ever dearly
32 Olive