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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold4/1901/34
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 10 May 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. Schreiner was resident in Hanover from September 1900 to October 1907, after 1902 with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere.
1 My own dear Friend
3 Thank you for your letter. To-day the news came to me that my brother
4Fred died suddenly, while attending a meeting.
6 I have loved him better than any thing on earth but Cron, & in a way
7he struck root deeper in my nature than any other human creature ever
8has: a large part of me is dead with him. He felt this war very much,
9he was strong on Africander side, & the death of his son broke his heart.
11 All day I have been walking about in the velt, & it seemed to me it
12was all dead too. Isn’t life a mystery?
14 Good bye darling friend.
15 Olive
17 My brother Will & his wife & the two youngest children have gone to
18Grahamstown to break the news to my mother. Her old sister died last
19week & she is very prostrate.
21 Friday night.