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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold1/1902/12
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 May 1902
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 and content.
1 Hanover
2 May 5th 1902
4 Dear Friend
6 It’s such a long letter time since I had any news not only from you
7but from any of my friends in Cape Town. Did you get my reply to your
8last, telling you Cron had started here as a general agent as he could
9not get a pass to come to Cape Town? Are you still at the Eagles Nest?
10I fancy as the winter sets in you will find it warmer & drier at
11Muizenberg or St James. I don’t know what I can write about except
12to say Cron is getting on nicely here in his office, getting a good
13deal of work though of course there will not be much business till the
14war is over, which may not be for a couple of years yet. I see Rhodes
15Princess has got 2 years. I wonder if the report is true that she has
16most damaging disclosures about Rhodes & others which she will make
17some day, letters &c which she will publish. It seems not unlikely
18that it is true. It’s a very curious case altogether. They were
19birds very much of one feather.
21 My dear little mierkats well, & so sweet & tame. They go for walks
22with us, & but for them & the dogs I don’t think one could stand the
23loneliness of the life. I have been here practically a year & a half
24in this little room; the only change I have had have been a couple of
25times when some English officers from Hanover Rd have called. It’s
26so nice to see even for a moment people of refine-ment, & realize that
27some where on earth the old kind of human life is going on. Cron would
28send much love if he were here: he is away at his little office in the
29?Parsonage square. The world is very beautiful here now. Cold nights &
30still warm
32^days: there’s always the sky left. Nature never seemed to me more
33than now, though it’s often only a little bit of sky out of my
34window I can see: somedays I’m able to go a little way out of the
35town & sit on the stones, & then I wish you & Miss Greene were here to
36sit there with me & look at the velt. As all hope in ones personal
37life dies out one clings more & more to nature. It seems all in all to
38one as it was when one was a little child.^
40 My dear love to you both.