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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold4/1905/41
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date28 September 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 Sep 28 / 05
4 My darling Friend
6 I am so glad to hear all goes so happily in France. I believe you are
7both going to have a real splendid time. I’ve not been very fit
10 The Lawrences will be here by the steamer which brings back my brother
11Will on the third of October, next Tuesday. They are coming to see me.
12Dr Brown came & spent one day, just like you & Miss Greene. He kept
13looking round the house & saying, "But where did you get such a nice
14house? What a nice ^little^ house this is!" There’s really nothing in
15it, but the air & the sunshine get in; I suppose that’s what makes
16it seem nice.
18 When you go back to England I do wish if it’s not too much trouble
19you would & see my darling friend Mrs Fred Reilly a sweet little
20artist who has been left a widow just now with 5 little children. Her
21dear husband, also an artist has just died suddenly of heart disease.
22I want so very much to hear all about her & the sweet children. I know
23she & they will be like a poem to both you & Miss Greene. You’ll
24feel even for their own sakes it was worth going to see them.
26 Cron boy is very well. He is going down to Cape Town again in about
27two weeks & will stay there for a fortnights at his brother Alfreds.
29 The Purcells are travelling about. They are now in Natal at Durban. Dr
30& unreadable Mrs Brown have taken a little cottage at Rondebosch near
31to my brother Wills. You & Miss Greene will love them both if you ever
32know them.
34^The post office order was payable in Cambridge because the day Post
35Master here didn’t know if there was a PO order office at Harsten. I
36will go down first thing to see the Post Master here, & he must write
37to Cambridge & stop its being paid to anyone but you, personally. ^
39 Good bye
40 Olive
42 ^NB. I’m quite sure you’ve not got nearly all the letters I’ve
43written. I’ve hardly ever missed.^