"Trying to help Will Schreiner politically; I want 'She wrote Peter Halket' on my grave; it's what it cost me" Read the full letter
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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/52
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date1 October 1900
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToRozelin, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToAlice Greene
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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 and the address this letter was sent to are provided by an attached envelope.
1 Hanover
2 Oct 1st 1900
4 I am so glad you are better. I wish some times I could send you a jug
5of the beautiful fresh milk one of my kind Dutch friends sends me.
6It’s simply perfect living here. The sky & the air & every thing.
7There is a heavy frost on tonight, which I fear will destroy all the
8fruit with which the trees are loaded, but it makes one feel
9wonderfully well & fresh after the heat of Beaufort. I’m busy writing.
10I’ve made a tiny bit of a poem I’ll send you one of these days. Did
11you see Mrs Purcell’s poem on Christiaan De Wet? It’s very good,
12especially the four last lines. I wish we women could run this country,
13 instead of the men. Men always seek the gain of the moment, & cannot
14look far enough.
16 Good bye. I seem to be in a kind of heaven. Last night I slept 9 hours
17without stirring, & I think I shall do the same tonight. Take Fellow’s
20 Olive
Schreiner's 'tiny bit of a poem' cannot be traced.