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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold4/1901/17
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMarch 1901
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 month and year have 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. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation.
1 Dear Friend
3 I wish you would write a note to my dear friend Miss Ford, & give her
4my news. Adle Grange Leeds is the address.
6 All goes as ever here, but I am beginning to feel very stale mentally
7for want of exercise in the open air. Three months nearly without a
8real walk is very crushing to an open air bird like me.
10 Ol
This letter is written onto a note from Isabella Ford, as follows:

‘Adel Grange
17 Feb. 1901

Dear Olive

Will you write & tell ^me^ if you got this letter? I do not like to write to you for one feels it may bring trouble – one does not know what martial law means – I want to have news of you & I want to give you news of us. We want to understand why things are going as they are with you – the newspapers tell us nothing & ?this tell you nothing. It is all most horrible. Opinion is changing here but that doesn’t mean much. Olive dear can I write to you any news or is all news forbidden – It is all so terrible. I wonder if we are in the world or in hell already. We are powerless here.

Yours Isabella'.