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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold3/1904/32
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date27 July 1904
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToKenilworth, Cape Town, Western Cape
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 year of this letter has been derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the name of the addressee and the address it was sent to.
1 Hanover
2 July 27th
4 Dear dear Friend
6 I am going to post this this afternoon so you get in Friday before you
7sale on Saturday. I feel so sure you are both doing the right thing. I
8do still feel anxious about your health. I only hope the voyage with
9the curious mental rest it brings ^to some people^ will do you good. I
10don’t think you ought any of you to stay very long in England. Have
11you thought of a little trip to Holland? You would both find it very
12interesting I think. You might see the Reitzes & other of our people
13there, & also the painting-galleries are so interesting. It was so
14very sweet of you to want me to go with you but you know I can’t.
15Cron has not returned from Cape Town yet as he is holding a sale at
16Hanover Rd= just to day. He wrote me a note from Cape Town this
17morning in which he tells me that by Will’s advice he has has
18offered de Villiers £20 compensation for damages. If he refuses to
19accept it it will have to go to the Supreme court; but Will "thinks
20very hopefully" of the case.
22 It is a beautiful day here, one of the best I have ever known in
23Hanover – in winter, so peaceful & calm. It’s on rare days like
24this that I think how nice it would be if we could go & sit on the
25sunny side of a kopje.
27 All good be with you my dear dear ones. You will I know, let me hear
28as soon as possible just exactly how you both are. Ask Miss Greene
29specially to let me know she finds Helen in health.
31 Yours ever & ever
32 Olive
34 P.S. Your dear heart must not feel anxious about me in any way, my
35cough is much better with the warm still weather the last few days, &
36everything is going on all right.
38 I shall never mind about the people in Hanover or what they feel or do
39anymore. You know it’s so nice that when once ^one^ really gets to the
40point where you don’t care, you never do again! It’s the getting
41to that point that takes so long. My dear little Kaffir boy is so good.
42 Only little Neta is very ill. I am afraid the big swelling she has in
43one breast is cancer.