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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold1/1902/6
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 13 February 1902
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToKenilworth, Cape Town, Western Cape
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 of this letter has been derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the name of the addressee and the address it was sent to. The envelope has been opened and the contents passed by the military censor. Schreiner was resident in Hanover from September 1900 to October 1907, after 1902 with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere.
1 Thursday
3 Dear Friend
5 I received your envelope with the cheque all right, & also your letter
6this morning. Letter writing seems almost impossible now-a-days. I am
7both sorry & glad Miss Greene is not going to England; you know in
8some ways I fancy going might have been painful to her. There might
9not be that perfect harmony between her & her folk that might have
10been under other conditions. I have just got a note from my friend Mrs
from Italy. They found Burnley quite impossible at last, it seem
12killing her. She is much better since they got to Italy.
14 I have got a little mier-kat now. Miss Greene would love it so. We
15have quite an animal family now, three. The one of Neta’s pups which
16we have kept is called Ollie ^after me^ by Cron, & is the apple of his
17eye. It is really touching to see fond he is of it. It has to sleep on
18his bed at night.
20 How I long for just a few days in Cape Town, asthma & all, to see you
21all. Alice Corthorn is back in England again.
23 Good bye. Oh had I the wings of a dove.
24 Olive