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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold3/1904/26
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date11 July 1904
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno
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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 July 11 / 04
4 My darling Friend
6 I got your wire saying you were off to Kennilworth. I wonder if you
7are going to England at once, or whether it is to see your brother off
8that you are going. Perhaps I shall hear tomorrow.
10 I return Miss Greenes letter. I am so very thankful all was as it was.
11Not only that the end was so beautiful & painless, but that her mother
12not knowing the end was come could not have been specially longing to
13see her once more. Surely that is a most beautiful death! If anything
14can console one for the going of ones beloveds, it is that they went
15so suddenly & painlessly that the great shadow hardly seemed to fall
16on them before it enfolded them.
18 I am stronger & am getting the house quite
20^into order at last. The weather here is much better; the cold is very
21bitter but drier than I have ever known it here in winter before. The
22farmers are complaining much of the drought I wonder whether Ellen
23Greene will come out here. Let me know when you hear from her. I hope
24going to Cape Town will not pull you down again. ^
26 Cron sends his love to you both.
27 Olive