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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/12
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date25 February 1900
Address FromWagenaars Kraal, Three Sisters, 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.
1 Wagenaar’s Kraal
2 Feb 25 / 00
4 My dear Friend
6 I posted a note to you this morning, but am writing again to let you
7know how much better I am. I will send you part of Cron’s letter to
8read new week. What John Morley said about Milner is the best thing
9yet said about him^; no one here has ever said anything better.^
11 It is wonderful air here. I have never breathed better anywhere, it is
12astonishing. This is not an ugly place though some how, at least at
13present I like it less than any place in the Karroo I have seen. But
14if I get well & can work here, nothing matters.
16 How is Miss Smith? What are your plans about the school?
18 It is terrible here to get news so slowly of the war. The last news I
19have is that Cronje is hemmed in between near Jacobs-dal & Roberts
20will not grant 24 hours truce says he must fight or surrender. God
21grant he fought & conquered; if not we must accept it. It doesn’t
22matter how things go now; in the end history will be with the
23Republics. That is what I cling to. I do not know how it is I cannot
24feel more depressed.
26 When you have your next holidays where are you going?
28 Cron says that if the Boers could have had one or two more successes
29France would have stepped in on behalf of the Republics, that Russia &
30Germany are urging her to do so. If they can even now hold on till
31April something may yet happen.
33^The feeling in America for the Republics is growing rapidly.^
37 ^Cron saw your brother Percy for a few moments & he asked him three
38times to dine with him but Cron was full up with engagements. He hoped
39to see more of him the next week. He got a seat for the opening of
40parliament. He is ^was^ going in three weeks time to lecture in the