|Letter Reference||Olive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/8
|Archive||University of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
|Letter Date||12 June 1909
|Address From||Matjesfontein, Western Cape
|Who To||Frederick ('Fred') Pethick-Lawrence
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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. A typescript only of this letter is available. The transcription here follows this typescript and includes uncertain dates, ellipses, mistakes and so on.
June 12th, 1909
I am sure, thinking it over, you will be too busy to make arrangements
5: with a publisher about printing my pamphlets so will you give it to
6: any honest publishing agent you may know and ask him to arrange for
7: its publication. I enclose the terms. Don’t give it to Watt & Sons:
8: I have tried them, they don’t do.
It is glorious how you are getting on with your work in England. It is
11: the women here we have to rouse! and our Women’s Enfranchisement
12: League, owing to bad management and wrong starting has done more harm
13: than good, I fear. But among the younger South African women a
14: splendid feeling is growing. I am writing a short article defending
15: the tactics of the Women’s Social and Political Union and will send
16: it to the Fortnightly Review and am going to write a paper on the
17: Woman question, in length about like that the pamphlet and am going to
18: have it printed as a small booklet.
The pamphlet referred to is likely to be Closer Union
, which appeared in a variety of languages; it originated as a lengthy article published in the Transvaal Leader
on 21 December 1908 and the Cape Times
on 22 December 1908 (p.9); it appeared as a short book in 1909. A short article 'defending the tactics of the WSPU' was never written by Schreiner and did not appear in the Fortnightly Review
during 1909. However, Schreiner's 'paper on the Woman question' drew together her two earlier articles on 'Woman', to become Woman and Labour