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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold2/July-Dec1899/29
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date15 September 1899
Address FromKarree Kloof, Kran Kuil, 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 salutation and content, although an unknown hand has written on the letter ‘to Alice Greene’.
1 Karree Kloof
2 September 15 / 99
4 Dear Friend
6 I’ve just sent off a cable to the Manchester Guardian. I don’t see
7that it can do much good but Mr Hobson the representative of the
8Manchester Guardian here so begged me to that I felt I must. Public
9affairs make one very tired even here. You can’t think how much
10writing even that cable cost me. I can write about anything else
11without getting tired, but as soon as I write about South African
12affairs it seems to break me down in the most curious way. It is 12
13o’clock now & I am just going to bed. Tomorrow I am going to tell
14you about such a great good fortune that has befallen us. I feel I
15must share it with you.
17 Good night
18 Olive