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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/51
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 26 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 date of this letter has been derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, while the name of the addressee and the address it was sent to are on its front.
1 Wednesday
3 Another lovely day has come to an end. Life is a delight in such a
4delightful climate as this, one feels as if one could walk, walk, walk,
5 across the velt forever. The people are very nice here too. I am
6boarding with the Dr widow of the English doctor here. It’s almost
7impossible here to get rooms, except at the hotel which is dear £9 a
8month so I am very fortunate to have got this. The d The lady I am
9boarding with & her sister are of course strong jingoes, but I made an
10arrangement before I came that we should never refer to politics, so
11its all right & they are very nice refined people. I hope you all had
12a fine day on Saturday. How is Miss Greene feeling, really?
14 I’m glad you are going to see more of Mrs Purcell, she & her husband
15are both so sweet. He’s such a lovable man.
17 Good bye dear. I’m going to bed to lie down, & sleep all night.
19 You didn’t send the paper you mentioned. I’ve asked Cron to give
20you the typewritten copy of my article to read, I don’t think
21you’ll like it well as the last, but tell me what you think of it.
22You can show it to Mrs Purcell, of course. It forms an introduction to
23the one Miss Greene corrected.
25 I’m not writing just now. I’m only sleeping & walking in the velt.
26There’s more sky in this place than any place I ever was in. Theres
27sky every where, & such big sky one knows here that South Africans
28were born to be free. One laughs at any other conception. The people
29here are very nice too. Some of the Dutch women are fine. Good bye.
31 If we could get some of those politicians out from under the shades of
32table mountain for a few years it would do them good. The one side are
33going to play into Milners hands, & the other into Rhodes, & both will
34come "croppers" now I’m going to sleep.
36 Olive
38 Dear old William Morris, don’t you love him. And his face was ever
39more beautiful than anything he ever wrote or did. There is great hope
40for the future of humanity when it can even now produce such men.
The particular article that Schreiner was working on cannot be established.