|Letter Reference||Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.126
|Archive||National Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
|Letter Date||6 October 1900
|Address From||Hanover, Northern Cape
|Who To||Mary Sauer nee Cloete
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Oct 6 / 00
Your husband & Merriman have made splendid speeches & been fighting
7: grandly; but do all you can to keep them from playing into Rhodes's
8: hands; it means momentary success (perhaps) & ultimate destruction to
9: our party. Rhodes may be an exploded bomb-shell; but he has enough
10: powder left in him to blow up the men who trust him.
I am writing a speech today for the woman's meeting at Somerset East.
13: Did Miss Molteno give you my article on the Boers to read? If she did
14: so please give it to the Rev Marchand of Rondebosch as soon as you've
15: done with it How is my little Paul? I am very well here. Its the
16: nicest place I've been in for years. People & place both are
Good bye dear one
Schreiner's speech was for one of the peace congresses that met when the South African War started. She sent written addresses to some of the Volkskongresses and peace congresses and spoke at others, as follows: Graaff-Reinet Volkskongres, April 1900 (spoke); Cape Town women?s meeting, June 1900 (spoke); Somerset East peace congress, October 1900 (a letter of address); Paarl, November 1900 peace congress (a letter of address); Worcester Volkskongres, December 1900 (spoke). The 'article on the Boers' is likely to be: "The African Boer" The Cosmopolitan
vol 29, no 5, September 1900, pp.451-467; and "The African Boer (Continued)" The Cosmopolitan
vol 29, no 6, October 1900, pp.593-602.