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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold3/1904/18
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date19 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 19 / 04
4 Dear Friend
6 I am so thankful to hear Miss Molteno is better. I felt very anxious
7about her when I last saw her; it seemed as if at any moment something
8might snap. I do hope the time at Caledon will do her good. I don’t
9think you ought to come here just yet the cold is too awful. I will
10write & tell you if it gets warmer. I had a wire from Cron today
11saying he had arrived safely. Please let me know just how Miss Molteno is.
13 All goes on here as ever. I & the meerkats & Neta & the little Kaffir
14boy form the world to each other. To day I found the little Kaffir boy
15smoking a cigarette of mine which he had picked up, he says! He’s a
16dear little fellow, who can have a very good laugh. It’s strange how
17I like Kaffirs. He was laughing himself sick this afternoon at
18Neta’s way of begging me on her hind legs & then running away to the
19pantry door to show me where the food was.
21 All good be with you.
22 Olive
24 PS. I have just heard that Mrs Botha doesn’t want to sell her farm.