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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/29
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date8 November 1907
Address FromDe Aar, Northern 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 De Aar
2 Nov 8th 1907
4 Dear Friend
6 I got this letter from Bettie this morning & could not make it out
7till I found that it must have been put into my envelope by mistake &
8be meant for you; there is no end to it. I long, oh how I long, to see
9your sweet face. I am living here alone in my little room in the veld.
10Cron goes to his business at 8.30. He has his lunch down town, at ^half past^
11four he comes home very tired & I make him a cup of tea, & he goes out
12to pay golf for an hour & a half, the only thing that keeps him alive
13in this awful climate. In the evening I sometimes walk with him to the
14camp to have dinner, & then we come back to the little room & go to
15bed. The heat here is very terrible 102 sometimes in the houses, in
16the evening & it is only November!!!
18 I see the Transvaal & Free State are determined that we federation
19comes we shall take the Franchise away from the Colonial natives who
20have it now. I think with terror of this Federation which will mean
21the most terrible native war & the most merciless South Africa has
22even known. Do you & Miss Molteno ever get & read the Cape Town
25 Good bye. dear. Oh for a look at your dear dear faces, & the touch of
26your dear dear hands
27 Olive