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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold2/1903/9
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday May 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 Wednesday Hanover
2 May 1903
4 Dear Fan,
6 Cron was a little better before I went to Grahamstown but since my
7return has been very ill. I have had to feed & dress like a little
8baby. Today he is a little better, but temperature still 100 & the arm
9very painful, he cannot move from side to side in bed with out help
10The doctor says I must take him to Caledon. Please ask Will to wire ^to^
11me which he thinks is the best place with nice sunny rooms at Caledon.
12^the quieter & cheaper the better, & the people must be Africanders or
13we shall not be welcome^ Some place standing high & dry would suit us.
15 We leave this by Mail train on Tuesday arriving Cape Town Wednesday &
16go on to Caledon by early train on Thursday morning. Could you dear
17Fan do me great favour & try to get two bedrooms adjoining if possible
18for us at the White House Strand St for Thu Wednesday night. If you
19can’t get them at Stra White House get them somewhere else ^as^ near
20the station as can be. If you can’t get rooms any where else get
21them in an hotel.
23 If you can’t get two rooms adjoining get one with two beds, as Cron
24can’t do without a bed to himself when he is in such pain. Please
25dear, wire me whether you can do this for me, at once I have to pack
26up & move everything out of this house before Tuesday as the woman has
27given us notice ^Love to all^
29 Olive
31 ^That trial at Grahamstown was a hideous farce. Not one paper reported
32it rightly. If England only understand her refusing to do justice in
33this case is the worst thing that could have happened to her.^