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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold2/1903/6
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date2 April 1903
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
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 letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections.
1 Hanover
2 April 2nd 1903
4 Dear Fan
6 I was so glad of a word from you again. I am so often thinking of you.
8 Our old landlady here has given us notice to be out of this house by
9the last of this month. We cannot get a house any where here nor even
10a decent room. I shall have to go away but where to I don’t know.
11Cron has bought an erf & is going to build a tiny cottage on it for us
12but it will take nine or ten months probably certainly four or five
13before it can be built as you can get no workmen here. If only I could
14come down to Cape Town how nice it would be! But my my chest now is so
15much worse than it used to be, I fear I couldn’t stand the climate
16there at all in winter. And I don’t know where to go! You see all my
17old friends like the Cawoods & Cron’s cousin are jingoes &
18wouldn’t have me, & the Africander farms won’t take boarders.
20 I have written to a place called Lamoenfontein near Beaufort West
21(kept by great jingoes something like Logan) to ask if they will have
22me at their boarding house, but don’t know where I shall go if they
23won’t. I might go to Middelburg but the hotel there is now full of
24officers as 5000 troops stationed there & there would be no room.
26 Give my love to dear Alsie. I wish I could have a long talk with her;
27she would have so much to tell I would like to know. Much love to you
28my dear old sister. If I do go to Beaufort West couldn’t you manage
29to come up & spend a couple of weeks with me there? Wouldn’t we have
30fine talks! Do think of it Will is having his spree soon, you & Dot
31come up in the holidays & have a spree there.
33 Your little sister
34 the-Wandering-Jew
35 (otherwise known as Olive)