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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold3/1904/28
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 20 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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content.
1 Hanover
2 Wednesday
4 Dearest Friend
6 I got the letter this morning. I fear you are very very unwell, & I am
7in a way sorry you could not go to England because one must try to
8forget South African affairs. There are so many other things in the
9world to think of if one had but the strength. I hope Uitkÿk will do
10you good. As soon as it gets warmer here I will let you know. If only
11I had a spare bedroom where I could keep you warm, I would say come
12here at once. I long so to see Miss Greene. It has been an absolutely
13heart breaking blow for her; & it will be still two weeks ^nearly^
14before she can get letters telling her all.
16 I love so to think of you at Uitkyk, dear old Uitkyk, the place of all
17others I should choose to be in to face a terrible blow. Give my love
18to Mrs le Roux & tell me about the little baby & Lizzie. Dear one you
19will be careful not, ever, to discuss Cron with them. Le Roux is now
20his bitterest enemy & will turn any little word you may say against
21him at the next election by repeating it at Beaufort & Prince Albert.
22I would not discuss politics with le Roux at all even as regards
23Merriman or Sauer or your brothers I have reason for what I say, which
24I will explain when
26 ^we meet. But I know I am right. - destroy this letter. Cron is not yet
27back. I have just had a wire to say he will not be here before Friday
28evening. I am very anxious about you my friend. You seemed to me not
29very far from a complete nervous break-down. I do hope Uitkyk will do good.^