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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/7
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 9 February 1900
Address FromNewlands, Cape Town, Western Cape
Address ToGirls Collegiate School, Port Elizabeth, Eastern 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 has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee and the address this letter was sent to are provided by the envelope. The name of the addressee is also indicated by salutation.
1 Newlands
2 Friday
4 Dear Friend
6 I’ve been ill since you left, the last week in bed. I am going up
7country as soon as I can hear of a place. Perhaps Lemoenfontein near
8Beaufort West, if that doesn’t do I must go to Richmond or Hanover.
9They think it will not be safe at the latter places because of martial
10law, but I care nothing about martial law if I can only breathe.
11Perhaps if I go up & find a nice place you might find it restful to
12come for a time.
14 My dear niece Eliza Findlay has been so kind to me staying with me at
15night. I am better today, but have been coughing up a good deal of
16blood & feel weak.
18 Good bye. I don’t feel any doubt the Republics will be free though
19we may not live to see it.
20 Olive