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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold1/1902/31
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date8 December 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.
1 Hanover
2 Dec 8 / 02
4 My darling Friend
6 I was so hoping you would be here by this time. I hope the delay in
7your leaving England doesn’t mean that you are not so well again. I
8had hoped so your time in England would have set you both quite up.
10 Here it is terribly hot now 104 in the shade inside my little red
11brick house, what it is out in the sun I don’t know.
13 //I met de Wet the other day in the train when Cron & I were going up
14to attend one of his election meetings at Colesburg: we had ten
15minutes talk with him. A very sad thing has just happened here, a
16little boy of ten the son my best friends among the Boers here was
17killed yesterday by falling under the wheel of a loaded buckwaggon
18with 6 thousands pounds of wool on it. I have just been over to help
19the doctor examine the body, & we are going out to the farm tomorrow
20where the funeral is to be held. I saw the poor little lad so full of
21life & spirits a few hours before he died. All through the war he &
22his aunt were in the same house where I was.
24 Please write & tell me when you are coming. I never write about
25Politics or public matters to any one, as I believe my letters are
26still all opened secretly & closed again. You will of course know that
27Cron has been returned for Colesburg.
29 Good bye my dear one.
30 Olive