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|Letter Reference||Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/33
|Archive||University of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
|Letter Date||9 December 1907
|Address From||De Aar, Northern Cape
|Address To||Kenilworth House, Kenilworth, Cape Town, Western Cape
|Who To||Caroline Murray nee 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 Caroline Murray nee Molteno, 9 December 1907, 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 address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope.
Dec 9 / 07
Dear Mrs Murray
Thank you for sending Betty’s letter. Can you give j me her right
8: address; she says I must address as ?per enclosed but I can’t be
9: sure I make it out rightly is it La Rosorair? My letters to her never
10: seem to reach her, & she’s the only friend in Europe to whom my
11: letters ever mis-carry.
I suppose May is with her now.
We are now living at de Aar.
Emily Hobhouse came & spent four days with me here. She looked very
18: delicate so changed. She says Betty looks much younger & fresher &
19: stronger than she does now. Affairs in Natal are troubling me so much
20: now that I have to fight against the thought night & day to go on with
21: my writing at all. Are we always to live in a land in which bloodshed
22: & oppression are going on.
Does your brother Clifford want any boys for his farm? I think I could
25: get him that boy we had from the reformatory if He's he would pay his
26: passage down. What wage would he give him. He’s now about 16. He's
27: without any exception the cleverest & quickest boy at working that
28: I’ve ever seen, but I could do nothing with him, he would get dagger
29: & smoke. With a kind strong master, if he were not allowed to get
30: dagger he he might yet do well. He can clean out a yard or dig up
31: potatoes better ^& quicker^ than any man I know, but he’s no use in a
32: house. He’s not afraid of a woman & likes out door work.
Is Mrs Dr Murray standing as a Unionist or an Independent? I hear
35: Julius Jackson is standing for Beaufort West. How well dear old Sauer
36: has spoken out on the native question, that’s the great question
37: here now. Even the question of woman’s emancipation comes second to it.