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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/59
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date14 October 1900
Address FromHanover, 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 Hanover
2 Oct 14 / 00
4 Dear Friend
6 I am bitterly disappointed that you are not coming. I thought you
7would leave tonight. Mrs de Villiers is a sweet gentle little woman;
8Africander in sympathy but anxious to keep in with the English too.
9She is very kind & loveable. Mr de Centlivers asked her to take you as
10a visitor whether she would take you as boarders I can’t say. When I
11came here she said to me "If I had a spare room I should have been ab
12glad to take you as a board with me." But whether she has now a large
13spare room since her husband’s death. I fancy if you & she liked
14each other
she would be glad to take you but don’t know. She is
15pretty well off, but not rich, I believe. I am going to one of my Boer
16friends to see if they could give you room, but of course you would
17not be so comfortable there. Perhaps I could get you a bed room in
18some house close to this & you could have your meals here, but Mrs
19Johnson & her sister are tearing Jingoes. On One could only only stay
20here happily by making the rule never to refer directly or indirectly
21to politics
at table. Mrs Johnson keeps very loyally to her part of
22the agreement. Don’t believe Dr Waterston
24 ^I’m sure the tarrow would be best for Miss Greene. Miss W- is no
25doctor. No one can doctor with however good a heart, who has no
power & no common sense. I’m sure the air here would
27perfectly suit Miss Greene. You I am not saying this selfishly because
28I wish you to come but because I feel sure of it.
30 Olive^
32 ^Why don’t you write a letter signed African woman about Rhodes.^