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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold3/1904/14
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date10 June 1904
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 June 10 / 04
4 Dear Fan
6 I took your cloak down to the station to give to Ettie who said she
7would be there, & woul meant to ask her to take it to Will’s office.
8But she was not there, & at the last moment there was no time to take
9it to Will’s office. It came on with me. Some one I know is going
10down to Cape Town in two week’s time & I will send it with her.
12 The cold here is very terrible. Yesterday when we arrived the village
13was hidden in clouds of dust so that you could hardly see it throug as
14you drove towards it across the plain, & a cold wind like a knife was
15cutting you. many people are down with coughs & cold & inflammation of
16the lungs & there are three new cases of typhoid. I was so sorry I
17couldn’t come out to say good bye, but I wanted to be well for
18coming here, & couldn’t go out to the suburbs. My beautiful time in
19Cape Town seems already like a lovely dream.
21 My little Kaffir boy seems very good; but he’s only about 10 & not
2213 as they said. He’s quite a baby & I’m quite fond of him already
24 Give my love all.
25 Your small sis Olive
27 Some friends of mine have unreadable subscribed £200 & want me to
28come for a six months trip to England. Of course I wouldn’t go, I
29couldn’t leave Cron. A wife can’t leave her husband ^there would be
30no pleasure:^ but if I think of an escape from Hanover it seems like
31heaven opening before me!