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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold4/1901/50
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLettercard
Letter Date20 August 1901
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToLyndall, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToFrances ('Fan') Schreiner nee Reitz
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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 lettercard, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. The date has been derived from the postmark on this letter-card, and the address it was sent to is on its front. Schreiner was resident in Hanover from September 1900 to October 1907, after 1902 with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere.
1 Darling Sister,
3 My heart is with you & with our dear ones so far away: those who are
4ever in my thought & yours. I hope Cron has been to have some long
5talks with you dear little sister. You & yours are continually
6remembered by me.
8 Olive
10 Will will tell you mothers news.
Cronwright-Schreiner returned to Hanover in early September, as Schreiner’s health was still giving concern; in an ‘updating’ letter to Betty Molteno he wrote:

‘I got here last evening at about 7. Olive is a good deal better than when I left. When she returned from Grahamstown she seems to have been remarkably well, but she is gradually going ‘off’ again. She has a reappearance of the old cough & wheezing & pain in the chest, which, of course, may wear off as the weather improves. And it is becoming increasingly clear that this place doesn’t suit her; perhaps the altitude has something to do with it, as well as the exact locality of this house.

When writing please avoid all that bears on politics, directly or indirectly, either here or in Europe, or on books connected with politics; otherwise your letters may be stopped. Also, there is no use sending papers as they won’t reach us.’