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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold3/1904/48
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 23 September 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 Friday
4 Dear Friend
6 I got here yesterday. You will have been at Uitkyk when I passed. It
7seemed a bit sad to think you are both going away for so long but I
8feel sure it is the best thing for you both. I do not think you could
9wisely have made any plan till you had seen Helen Greene & Miss
10Forrest, ‘Arriet has four little meerkats & the bliss of Tommie &
11Inbred over them is wonderful. Inbred sat nursing them from 10
12o’clock till 2 o’clock today in the box, & when I picked him up he
13was holding them all so close to him in his little paws that I picked
14them all up at the same time! I am treating Neta with cocaine, and
15?hazaline & lanoline & I can’t help a curious hope coming that I may
16cure her, though the vets & doctors laugh at the idea.
18 My darling boy Cron had made the place so nice & clean out side, all
19the bricks & rubbish of building moved away, & when that room is ready
20the house will be really nice – when you come back in nine months.
22Your brother Charlie was in the train with me. I exchanged a few words
23with him. I never knew he was so like you before. All my luggage was
24lost, when I got to Hanover Rd there was none of it in the van though
25I had the ticket for the four boxes. I suppose they will be sent on
26some time, or turn up somewhere: if not I must bear it. I think
27Hanover will never seem quite so terrible to me now you & Miss Greene
28have once been here. Cron has more work than he can do, but of course
29a great deal of it is for people who are poor & can’t pay much.
31^Cape Town was very sad with the dear Purcells away. I found they were
32the beauty of Tambours Kloof I saw no one hardly while in town, as I
33couldn’t leave Neta. ^
35 Good bye dear friend
36 Olive