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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold5/1906/30
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date27 December 1906
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToAlice Greene
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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 Matjesfontein
2 Dec 27th 1906
4 My darling Friend
6 It is a most curious thing that in all the long letter I’ve just got
7from you that there has not been one word, I might almost say, that I
8did not know
! The curious thing is that Betty has told me nothing that
9I’ve known it all by instinct. She’s talked of the English climate
10suffocating & oppressing her & so on, but I’ve known every thing. I
11didn’t know how exactly I was right till I got your sweet letter. I
12do understand it all so as well as know it. But I don’t think either
13you or Betty quite realize how depressing the mere English climate is
14for a born South African. I have all my dearest friends in England,
15the life there is infinitely happier for me than the life here, & yet
16I feel the climate crushing me. I stay as long as I can & then I have
17to fly off to the continent winter after winter. And oh, the joy of
18that lighter air in Switzerland & Italy & Germany! It’s strange I
19just posted a letter to you you three days ago & now I’ve got yours.
21 Cron came & spent nearly three days with me; now he’s gone on to
22spend days with his mother in Cape Town. He is looking very tired &
23over worked after the fearful heat at De Aar. His business is doing
24very well there; & he has a plan to start a newspaper, which I think
25will succeed well if he can get enough people to take up shares. There
26is no paper in that part of the country now. If I am returning to
27Hanover on the 10th January. I shall live there alone till perhaps
28some day Cron builds a little house at De Aar a little out of the dust
29& heat & smoke of the station.
31 It is England who is going to lead in the fight for freedom just now I
32think. My heart is all there with the working men & the women.
34 Good bye dear one Thank you so very very
36^much for your letter. ^
38 Olive