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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold3/1904/9
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 25 February 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 date 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. Schreiner was resident in Hanover from September 1900 to October 1907, after 1902 with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere.
1 ^Thursday afternoon^
3 Dear Friend
5 I wrote to you at Grabouw, but write to Cape Town again as your letter
6just received tells me you are there. We shall not now arrive in Cape
7Town on Wednesday as I wrote but on the evening of Friday the 4th of
8March about 5 o’clock by the limited mail. My being able to stay there
9depends on my being able to get suitable lodgings I don’t want to come
10back to Hanover but to stay in town for a little time if I can.
12 Do you know of any boarding house or can you hear of one high hig up
13on the lions Rump side of the town where we could get two bedrooms.
14Mine must be open & airy looking out to the sun & light, & if possible
15up stairs. We must have two rooms as I may have asthma & then Cron
16can’t share my room. I would like to be in that boarding house where
17you & Miss Greene were if I possible could, but if I can’t I must try
18& find one in those streets up above the news office. I should only
19take the rooms by the week as of course my asthma might at any moment
20make me leave. I have a feeling I ought to be in Cape Town just now
21for a little while if you do know of any boarding house, or any place
22where one can get rooms even without board please wire to me the
23address that I can write.
25 If I could get a place for a week I could then look out for something
26else or make plans. I’m so glad Miss Greene is better. I hope she will
27be able to come to town for a little too while I’m there.
29 //Yes, I don’t feel depressed at all – after all one has gone through!
30I long to have a talk with you.
32 Good bye
33 Olive
35 Cron sends love he starts for Pretoria next Sunday & will pass
37 ^here on Frid Thursday when I will join him at the station if I have
38been able to hear of lodgings in Town.^