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|Letter Reference||General Missionary Commission, Folder 25: Letters to Mr. J. Henderson MS 14, 847/4
|Archive||Cory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
|Letter Date||15 July 1912
|Address From||De Aar, Northern Cape
|Who To||James Henderson
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 James Henderson, 15 July 1912, Cory Library, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
The Project is grateful to the Cory Library for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of their collections.
July 15th 1912
Dear Mr Henderson
Those who heard your speech in Cape Town tell me it was most
7: impressive, I wish I could have been there & done more to help, in a
8: matter which lies near my heart.
When you have done with the form I filled in could you return it to me.
11: I can't write it out again & want to get some of the facts copied to
12: send to a friend on the government commission. I would be greatly
13: obliged if you would let me have it.
One who lives in a great railway camp like de Aar is simply
16: overpowered by the evil & degrading attitude of white men towards dark
17: women. I do hope the Christian Churches will speak out, in no doubtful
18: manner, on the truth that it is not honourable legal marriage between
19: the races that degrades both, but the reckless & degrading illegal
20: immoral relations between white men & dark women. One dare not bring a
21: decent black or coloured girl into this place.
23: Yours faithfully