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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/68
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 28 November 1900
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToFrances ('Fan') Schreiner nee Reitz
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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 has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in Hanover from September 1900 to October 1907, after 1902 with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere.
1 Thursday
3 Dear Fan
5 We leave this Monday evening for the Congress at Worcester. I shall
6come on on Thursday evening & stay at Mrs Purcells 70 Kloof St for a
7couple of days, Cro till the asthma drives me back. Cron is going to
8try & find work down there in an attorney’s office, & I shall
9probably have to come back alone. If it he does settle in Cape Town it
10means we shall never live together again, for I can’t stay there for
11more than a few days. You can’t know what this means to me. I write
12& write, but people in England won’t take anything I have to say now.
14 Good bye, dear. Come & see me as soon as you can.
16 Did my old brother get the article I sent him yesterday to read in a
17registered envelope.
19 Olive
Regarding her 'Congress at Worcester' comment, Schreiner sent written addresses to some of the Volkskongresses and peace congresses and she spoke at others, as follows: Graaff-Reinet Volkskongres, April 1900 (spoke); Cape Town women's meeting, June 1900 (spoke); Somerset East peace congress, October 1900 (a letter of address); Paarl, November 1900 peace congress (a letter of address); Worcester Volkskongres, December 1900 (spoke). The article which Schreiner sent to Will Schreiner cannot be established.