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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/20
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date28 July 1907
Address FromSea Point, Cape Town, 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.
1 Cape Town
2 Sea Point
3 July 28th 1907
5 Darling Alice
7 Please send the news paper I send you with this on to Dot at Newnham
8when read: ^even if she’s not there it will be sent on to her^. I was
9so glad to get you letter about her visit today.
11 I got a letter from Betty too. She didn’t seem to be enjoying
12Switzerland quite as much as before, & I think you will both feel
13rather restless till you get together again now.
15 It is so nice to be away from Hanover a little & that strange solitude.
16 I’m ill most of the time, my asthma is bad & I can’t lie down but
17it’s so nice to be away from Hanover & to hear even the trains go
18passed in the night when I can’t sleep.
20 Please address to Hanover, as I think I shall soon be leaving Cape
21Town, though I shan’t go back to Hanover till Cron goes up in
24 Tell Miss Molteno the handkerchiefs were so nice.
26 Yes Con & Adela are very beautiful & wonderful, but you & Miss Molteno
27are just as wonderful in yours!
29 I wish you could see & know my friend Bob Muirhead & my darling little
30Nelly Reilly. You would love them too. I can’t tell anyone how how
31beautiful & wonderful my life used to be in England, with all my
32beautiful friends.
34 Cron is doing good work in Parliament; but I take little or no
35interest in colonial problems politics now. One can’t can’t break
36oneself absolutely to pieces against a stone wall. There are black
37times for the natives ahead as soon a federation approaches.
39 I have only been to the parliament House once since I came down a
40month ago.
42 I shall be so glad if I hear Hellen has closed her house entirely. You
43know a person with a weak heart can’t undertake such big work.
45 Good bye, dear one. I long so to see your face.
47 Tell me all about Anna Purcell & her little daughter if you go to see
50 Yours Olive