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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/49
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 22 September 1900
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToRozelin, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape
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 year of this letter as 1900 is surmised from content and its place in the archival sequence. The name of the addressee and the address this letter was sent to are provided by an attached envelope, which has an illegible postmark. The name of the addressee is also indicated by salutation and content.
1 Hanover
2 Sep 22nd Sunday
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4 Dear Friend
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6 I hope you are off to Caledon soon. I fancy the politicians will be
7rather relieved at your brother Charley’s going. If they were going
8to play up to Rhodes he is not the man to help them. I fancy he is
9like Cron too straightforward & simple of soul to be a politician.
10"Children, how, hardly shall a politician enter into the Kingdom of
11God."
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13 Well there are the good brave people left to us still. As for Innes &
14my brother it breaks my heart to think of them, & I shall think no
15better of the other side if they coquette with Rhodes & Sievewright.
16Yes your brother Jim has been splendidly outspoken. Why on earth men
17should always beat about the bush when they get into parliament I
18don’t see.
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20 Isn’t that a wretched lie about my weeping over Milner. If I wept at
21all, it would be to think that he ever set foot in this country.
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23 Good bye. Much love to you both.
24 Olive
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26 I forget if I told you yesterday about all our things being burnt up &
27destroyed in Kimberley. Even my little baby’s portrait & hair & all
28the things I can never get back. But some how I don’t seem to care
29much. unreadable
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31 Olive
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