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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold3/1904/16
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date15 June 1904
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToAlice Greene
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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 of this letter is indicated by salutation and content.
1 Hanover
2 June 15th 1904
4 Dear Friend
6 Thank you for your letter. I am so sorry unreadable that Miss Molteno
7is not fit. This evening I went out for the second time since my
8arrival here a week ago, & walked up to the government plantation at
9the other end of the village. The government are giving it up as they
10have been losing at the rate of £600 a year on it as people won’t buy
11the trees. There is a lovely & it seems to me very comfortable house
12in the middle of it where the manager used to live till a month ago. N
13Cron wanted me to go & see it so that in case he would sell this
14cottage we might perhaps buy that. I told There might be too many
15trees about for me, but it just struck me that if you & Miss Molteno
16saw it it might be the very place to suit you, & you may get it very
17very cheap now as there is absolutely no money in the district & the
18government may want to sell it. & may tho of course it is private
19about the government wanting to se
I am going to see the doctors
20tomorrow & if there has been no fresh case of typhoid for six weeks
21perhaps you would feel it safe enough to come for a few days The frost
22is so tremendous it must have killed all germs for the present if you
23do come bring the thickest wraps & under cloathing you have, especiall
24thick warm stockings
26 Cron leaves early tomorrow morning for Johannesburg, I he will
27certainly be gone for a week & may be gone for two or more I shall do
28no cooking while he is away, give the little Kaffir boy heaps of milk
29& bread & butter (he is getting fatter already) & shall try & do a
30little writing. But this cold seems to knumb my train brain. This is a
31splendid climate if ones hearts & lungs allow one to take plenty of
32exercise, but for one who can’t its a little difficult to live. The
33little meerkats are so very very happy. One can’t believe they are the
34same miserable bedraggled dead & alive little creatures they were in
35their cage in Cape Town. Tommie
37^is getting his old sweet glad expression. They never do any mischief
38like scratching in the house &c. They are very very good. Dear little
39Emmie was the one who used to do all the mischief.^
41 Good bye, dear one. How I wish selfishly for you here; & perhaps the
42cold might not be so bad for Miss Molteno as the rain in Cape Town.
44 Olive