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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold3/1904/53
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date21 November 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 Nov 21 / 04
4 My darling Friend
6 You’ve been in my thoughts so much today quite present to me
7especially this evening. I wonder where you are & what you are doing
8to-day. I see there has been bad fog so I hope you are somewhere on
9the continent out of England. When you say you will not be back till
10after Xmas do you mean this coming Xmas or the next? I wrote to
11Havelock Ellis’s wife & gave her Miss Greene’s address at Harston.
12They live in Cornwall, unreadable (Caris Water, Selant, Cornwall is
13their address) but she & he too are often up in London. They are going
14to Rome in the winter. Perhaps you might meet them there.
16 I am trying to write out one of my little war stories called
17"Elands-Laagte" but I only get a few lines done every day.
19 I hope you don’t find the English climate too depressing. It is only
20the people there that are delightful. Did I ever tell you about a
21woman who for 16 years has been following me with letters & trying to
22come & see me though I return

24 Good night dear dear friend.
26 I wish I could see you. You don’t know how sweet it was to have you
27just for than one day in Hanover. It’s the bright spot in Hanover
28^remembrances that visit of yours & Miss Greene’s.
30 Olive^
31 ^
32Isabella Ford’s address is Miss I Ford Adle Grange nr Leedes.
34 I felt an earthquake shock here the other. Cron laughed in the
35afternoon when I told him in the afternoon there had been a shock in
36the morning. No one else in Hanover felt it, but two days after we saw
37there had been quite a severe shock at Colesberg at that hour.^
The 'little war story' referred to as 'Elands-Laagte' was later published as '1899' in Stories, Dreams and Allegories.