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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold4/1905/31
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date18 August 1905
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 Aug 18th 1905
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4 My dear Friend
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6 I do wish you weren’t wasting all your time in London. Couldn’t
7you go off & have a glorious time in Germany & Switzerland first &
8Alice join you later to go to Greece. If one only knows how one can
9travel about so delightfully & yet so cheaply in Germany. Oh if I had
10your chance, wouldn’t I take it! Art & all things look so much more
11beautiful out of the dull foggy air of England! Friends close friends,
12& the constant contact with them is the only thing that makes life
13bearable there: in other countries one can be quite joyful quite alone.
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15 All goes just as ever here. Cron returned from Cape Town last Monday,
16& leave for de Aar next Tuesday for a few days as he has a big sale
17there. I am making Gobalie such a good
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19^little boy: he improves every day. The meerkats & Ollie are well. Yes
20things are bad here in the business way & in the Cape Colony they will never
21be what they were again, never! The trade is all going north & will
22continue to do so. The Cape Colony has seen its palmyest days. Of
23course is the drought really passes things will be a little better
24this year, but not much. In the Transvaal & north of course things
25will develop. ^
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27 My dearest love to you both.
28 Olive
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