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|Alfred Gillet Trust Archive|
|Bodleian Libraries Special Collections|
|British Library, London|
|Cory Library, Rhodes University|
|Cullen Library, Historical Papers, University of Witwatersrand|
|Free State Archives Depot|
|Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin|
|Johannesburg Public Library|
|Library of Parliament Cape Town Hunt|
|Library of Sommerville College, Oxford|
|Liverpool Bruce Glasier|
|Lytton Family Papers|
|National Archives Depot, Pretoria|
|National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown|
|National Library of South Africa SCCS Extracts|
|National Library of South Africa, Cape Town|
|Sheffield City Libraries, Archives & Local Studies|
|University College London|
|University of Cape Town, Historical Manuscripts|
|War Museum of the Boer Republics Bloemfontein Autograph Collection|
|West Sussex Cobden Unwin|
|Western Cape Archives|
|Women’s Library Autograph Collection|
|Letter Reference||Milner Papers, dep. 213, ff. 288-290
|Archive||Special Collections, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
|Letter Date||23 May 1900
|Address From||Wagenaars Kraal, Three Sisters, Northern Cape
|Who To||Alfred Milner
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 Alfred Milner, 23 May 1900, Special Collections, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
The Project is grateful to the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, and the Warden and Scholars of New College, Oxford, for permission to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of their Special Collections.
1: Wagenaar’s Kraal
2: Three Sisters
3: May 23 / 00
5: Dear Sir Alfred Milner
7: You will no doubt be surprised at my writing to you, especially as it
8: is to ask a favour, but it is not a favour for myself.
10: There is a delicate young Doctor staying here; he is he is consumptive.
11: He lived for a year in Reddersburg in the FreeState, but left before
12: the war broke out leaving all his medical books instruments &
13: household goods there, as he is strongly opposed to the Boers & did
14: not wish to stay. He is now very anxious to get back to fetch his
15: instruments &c & see how it goes with his household effects. He says
16: he has written several times, but has not been able to get a pass, as
17: many other people have been able to do. I have thought it was just
18: possible that if I wrote & told you he was a violent Jingo (I know you
19: will believe me as I should you) it might help him to get a pass, as
20: the authorities may be withholding it not knowing his views. He and I
21: are so opposed in politics that we never refer to them.
23: I enclose his application. He has only been a few years in this
26: You will perhaps be surprised at an enemy’s asking a favour of you,
27: even for another person; but I am not your enemy if only you knew it!
28: One day you will discover that the Uitlander knot were your enemies, &
29: that I, if you would have allowed me would have pe been your loyal
30: friend, tried to be.
32: Yours faithfully,
33: Olive Schreiner
35: Do unreadable