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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold4/1901/18
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 19 March 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 name of the addressee is indicated by salutation, content and the signatory of an added note. The three Hanover men were shot on Tuesday 20 March 1901.
1 Hanover
2 March 1901 Monday
4 Thanks dear friend, but I can’t cash the cheque here as there has
5been no bank open for some months.
7 News has just come that Mr Hofmeyr the Dutch minister & the wife of
8one of the men to be shot are to leave at once for de Aar. So I
9suppose they will be shot tomorrow morning. I thought we’d had
10enough Schlacter’s Neks but it seems not. Oh, its such a mistake
11from the British point of view. Oh if they could only see it. I’ve
12wired to the general at de Aar asking for a pass to go & see him, but
13he’s sent me no answer, & with out a pass from him I shall not be
14allowed to leave the village,
16 Good bye dear. You & Miss Greene must not send the money I won’t use
17it unless you assure me its not your own. I’m sure you can’t
18afford it. The woman has 5 children living & is expecting another. The
19father of the other young man was crying bitterly this morning. Send
20this note ^my news^ on to Isabella Ford.
22 Good bye darling friend
23 Olive
The note written onto this letter reads:

'Dear Miss Ford I inclose this letter as she asked me to send news of her - Hanover being under Martial Law she is confined to the town. I am sending her ?5 we have collected & unreadable I shall be able to get more from the committee in Cape Town - Will write to you again shortly. E.M. Molteno'.