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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold4/1901/19
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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation.
1 Hanover
2 Monday night
4 My dear Friend
6 I don’t quite know what I write to you today. Did I tell you that
7three Hanover young men are to be shot at ten o’clock tomorrow by
8the military at de Aar? I wired to General Settle to ask him to give
9me a permit to come & see him at de Aar. But he wired back that the
10men were to shot tomorrow, & that he was acting under superior You see
11I am so tied here under the martial law I can’t get to him. They are
12such poor ignorant fellows, real "tack-haars" & they had no one to
13defend them. I believe the man who turned Queens evidence is lying. I
14am going to put some sugar & coffee & rice in the woman’s room for
15her to find when she comes back, after they are shot tomorrow. Her
16husband’s brother is to be shot too.
18 Olive
20 ^The woman is about 23 & have five young children & is expecting
21another. Its no use sending parcels by pa train, by parcel post they
22would come all right. If the Rowntrees go to Cradock they might bring
23a parcel as far as Hanover Rd & leave it there, wiring to let me know
24just when they would pass.^