|Letter Reference||Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold4/1901/32
|Archive||University of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
|Letter Date||Friday 26 April 1901
|Address From||Hanover, Northern Cape
|Who To||Betty Molteno
The manuscript of this letter by Olive Schreiner belongs to the Archive referenced above; its ownership of the original should be acknowledged by referencing the letter as indicated: Copyright transcription: © Olive Schreiner Letters Project. This transcription can be freely used as long as copyright is acknowledged and it is referenced using the following citation: ‘Olive Schreiner to Betty Molteno, 26 April 1901, UCT Manuscripts & Archives, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation. Schreiner was resident in Hanover from September 1900 to October 1907, after 1902 with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere.
I was so glad of your letter today. I see the Daily News as Mrs
6: Philpot sends it regularly to us. I would send it you when I’ve read
7: it, but it would be rather too old, eh? They have written to ask me to
8: write for it but of course I can’t while I’m up here under martial
My head is a little bit better tonight & I hope I shall be able to
12: work at my woman article tomorrow. One forgets everything while one
Love to you both
^I suppose my letters to you are still always opened by the censor?^
The 'woman article' refers to two linked essays published in the US under the title of 'Woman', and which eventually became Woman and Labour
. They were part of a major theoretical work, a book on the 'man and woman' question. However, the manuscript, left in Johannesburg when Schreiner went to Karree Kloof in late August 1899, was destroyed when her house was badly damaged and burned by marauding troops during the South African War.