|Letter Reference||Wessels A.96.13-16 (A7434)
|Archive||Free State Archives Repository, Bloemfontein
|Letter Date||13 September 1900
|Address From||Lyndall, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape
|Who To||P.P. Wessels
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3: Address, Olive Schreiner
4: c/o Hon W P Schreiner
7: Cape Town
8: South Africa
10: Sep 13 / 00
12: Dear Sir,
14: I have been unable to answer your letter sooner because I have been
15: ill. Had I had the means & the health I should long ago have been in
16: America trying to explain the true position of the Republics to the
17: American people. But I have not the coming over paying my own
18: expenses, & under no other condition would I consent to come. My
19: health also is now in such an in a condition that I might not be able
20: to do much when I got there.
22: I have written some articles on the Boer. I have sent them home to my
23: friends Dr John Brown of Burnley ^Lancashire^ in England. If he cannot
24: make suitable arrangements for their publication in Englan America &
25: should write to ask your advice perhaps you might be able to help him
26: – in publishing them in America I think they might be wise useful in
27: throwing light on the true nature of the much misunderstood Boer. I
28: always believe still that right will in the end prevail & the
29: republics regain their freedom.
31: ^This letter is strictly private^
33: ^I am, dear ^^Sir^^, with sincere sympathy^
34: Yours faithfully
35: Olive Schreiner
The name of the addressee is provided by another letter archived in the same collection, written by Cronwright-Schreiner to P.P. Wessels, as follows:
c/o Mrs SCCronwright
22. Aug. 00
Dear Mr. Wessels,
Your note to my wife & myself came yesterday (dated 19. July.) We are anxious to assist in any way towards relieving the distress caused by this war. We have done our best, she here & I in England, & are still doing what we can.
When in England, Montagu White wanted us to go to America, but I refused because I do not wish to be financially assisted by the Republics. But I am willing to go to America if it can be managed ^otherwise^. I cannot go as I should like to, - that is
because I cannot afford the expense. But if, while over there, I can by my own exertions fin
earn sufficient money, I will go. The only plan that occurs to me is to give a series of public lectures, & I think the best way would be if some man of standing & repute
& financially sound
to pay me a sum to deliver the lectures. He would in such a case (if money can
be made this way) reap financial benefit himself, but it would save me no end of bother, & I should be in a position to help towards relieving the distress caused by the war. You will know, or can easily hear, of a man who takes such matters in hand. Get a good one, see him, and ask him to make me an offer for the
a Lecturing Tour. If the offer is good enough my wife might come across with me. It will have to be a good offer, or I cannot go across. It is no use undertaking such a journey unless the result is substantial.
Give such a man my address, & then I can deal with him direct.
Yours very truly,