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The 'Woman Question' & Enfranchisement

Olive Schreiner was a strong supporter of women’s suffrage, but always as part of her belief in universal adult suffrage. This was particularly so in the South African context, where the strategy of feminist groups in Europe and the US in promoting suffrage ‘on the same terms as men’ would later result in a racial, indeed racist, franchise, and was something that she consistently opposed. ‘The 'Woman Question' & Enfranchisement’ collection covers Schreiner’s involvement in the Cape Women’s Enfranchisement League, her resignation from it in protest against white women’s endorsement of a racial basis to the franchise campaign and her repeated rejections of this.

Schreiner’s letters regarding the WEL include those to Julia Solly, Caroline Murray, Minnie Murray, Lucy Molteno, Anna Purcell and others and are concentrated in the period from 1906 to around 1910. Many of them are ‘business’ letters concerned with the minutiae of WEL development, but with others providing some sharp analysis of strategy, tactics and points of principal. This collection also includes letters to friends in the British suffrage movement, most importantly to Frederick Pethick-Lawrence, in particular regarding Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence’s political ‘misunderstanding’ of the South African situation around the implications of women these gaining vote on same basis as men. Schreiner’s letters regarding international feminist organisations and personnel will be found in the ‘International Feminist Networks’ collection.

 

To: Anna Purcell nee Cambier Faure, no date: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/48
Dear Anna, I am sending Mrs Macintoshes letter to me to Minnie who will send it to you & Mrs Solly to answer. , Do write ...
[Exchanging letters, WEL politics]
To: William Philip ('Will', 'WP') Schreiner, 20 October 1875: Olive Schreiner: Will Schreiner 97.12.3.6.24
Ganna Hoek, Oct 20th 1875, My dear old Will!, The Fouches are going into Cradock to have their baby baptised & I must tak...
[Women hatred being converted to woman love]
To: Havelock Ellis, 2 May 1884: HRC/CAT/OS/1a-vi
Edinburgh Hotel , Ap May 2nd 1884 , My dear Mr. Ellis , Heine is not understood, & I almost doubt whether anything one co...
[My feelings about women, question of woman's having the vote, independence & education]
To: Havelock Ellis, 2 August 1884: HRC/CAT/OS/2a-ii
Sat. Night late , I have just come home with Wilfred from a concert. I am tired but I want to write to you. I have so many pl...
[Must read all we can on the woman question]
To: Havelock Ellis, 31 October 1884: HRC/CAT/OS/3a-i
Th Friday Mo Eve. , I have written & thought all day so delightfully. When it was getting dark this evening I went out fo...
[Good for me to think & study on woman question, especially prostitution]
To: Havelock Ellis, 2 November 1884: HRC/HE/FRAG/NDofW11
The principle of equality applies equally to women with & men.! We perceive It is evident that the imperfect education of...
[Principle of equality applies equally]
To: Havelock Ellis, 24 December 1884: HRC/CAT/OS/3b-xxv
Xmas Eve. , I do answer your questions! How don’t I? I am sitting in my bedroom at the foot of my bed. I have had such ...
[Long argument with Henrietta Muller on woman question]
To: Havelock Ellis, 17 November 1885: HRC/CAT/OS/4a-xvii
Wednesday. , I’ve been so troubled & despairing about the woman question. To-day I feel more hopeful & am able ...
[So troubled & despairing about woman question]
To: Havelock Ellis, 20 April 1887: HRC/UNCAT/OS-114
I send you my card to Pearson, the last thing that will ever pass between us. I shall send back any p letter or paper he send...
[My work, one reason, help other women from suffering]
To: Maria Sharpe, 24 November 1887: Maria Sharpe 840/5/17-20
Address – , Alassio, Italy. , Nov 24th 1887, Dear Miss Sharpe., I hear from Mrs Cobb & Miss Müller that your p...
[Letters asking for advice on how to study the woman question]
To: Ernest Rhys, February 1888: Ernest Rhys Papers vol II (Ernest Rhys) Eg. 3248, ff.11-17B
Hotel Mediterranio, Alassio , Dear Mr Rhys, It will take me still two months of night & day work at least to bring Mary W...
[Women's intellectual equality]
To: Ernest Rhys, June 1888: Ernest Rhys Papers vol II (Ernest Rhys) Eg. 3248, ff.20-21B
Roseneath, Harpenden, Dear Mr Rhys, I send Rights of Woman & will in a day or two send Godwin's Life of Mary W. which I c...
[Mary Wollstonecraft & Rights of Woman]
To: William H. Dirks, October 1888: Ernest Rhys Papers vol II (W.H. Dirks) Eg. 3248, f.10
Grand Hotel, Alassio, Alassio, Dear Mr Dirks, The books ha just arrived. I cannot promise MS for a couple of months, but it m...
[OS's Wollstonecraft essay incorporates ten years of thought & work on sex & woman questions]
To: Emilia Frances Dilke, nee Strong, m1. Pattison, m2. Dilke, 17 March 1891: Emilia Dilke Add. 43908, f.189
Matjesfontein, March 17 / 91, My Dear Lady Dilke, I should have written before to thank you for the books which I prize so mu...
[Words of women dragged Dilke down & were of deep sorrow to lovers of women's freedom]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 27 May 1891: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.27
Wednesday, I am leaving this evening for Matjesfontein. I think I shall do more work there. I send you one tiny little story;...
[Women's emancipation much greater than possession of franchise]
To: John T. Lloyd, 1892: Olive Schreiner: J.T. Lloyd MSC 26/2.5.2
[page/s missing], One point he & I are always having great arguments about: he, like Grant Allen & others, thinks it ...
[Views on marriage, women's economic independence]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 27 April 1892: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.52
Matjesfontein, April 27 / 92 , My darling Mary, I've nothing new to say to night, but I've had you so in my mind last night &...
[Idea of starting a women's society in America & England]
To: Betty Molteno, May 1896: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold3/1896/14
Friday morning , Thank you for your letter. Oh yes, I am very regular with the meals, & cook very well!!!! Dr To day we a...
[Marriage & people's views]
To: Betty Molteno, 3 October 1896: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold3/1896/30
The Homestead, Sunday, Dear Friend, Thank you for your letter. No I don’t & have never thought the married woman’...
[Married woman's life not higher or nobler]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 9 January 1898: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.117
The Homestead, Jan 9 / 97, I was do glad to get your letter card my darling, & also a letter from Mrs Innes telling me ho...
[Little Peter going in for equal rights, unlike his father]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 12 June 1898: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/10
The Homestead, June 12th 1898, Dear Laddie, I am full of anxiety as to how things will go next Tuesday. I fear me there is bu...
[About franchise in general, belief in universal suffrage]
To: Betty Molteno, 1 November 1898: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/38
Dounan’s House, Hospital Hill, Nov 1st 1898, So glad of your letter. Am full of plans for you & Miss Greene coming ...
[Younger generation of women wanting to work]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 26 March 1900: W.P. Schreiner MSC 27/287
Wagenaars Kraal , Three Sisters , March 26 / 00, Dear Laddy, Thank you for your note, received just now, & the letter of ...
[Letters from America on woman question]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, June 1900: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.125
Saturday, Dear Mary, I will come down on the train that leaves Beaufort on Tuesday Wednesday afternoon if I possibly can, am ...
[Peace meeting, get all English women we can]
To: Betty Molteno, 7 October 1900: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/56
Hanover, Oct 7 / 00, Dear Friend, Its Nachmaal Lord’s supper. Many of the people have been to see me. Its curious when ...
[Somerset East meeting, strong speech but not attending, using her own name; relief to have a full say]
To: Betty Molteno, 5 November 1900: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/64
My dear Friend, I expect you & Miss Greene will be wanting to attend the woman’s congress at the Paarl on the 10th....
[Women's congress at Paarl, writing a letter not going]
To: Betty Molteno, 15 November 1900: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/65
Dear Friend, Your speech was simply splendid. I don’t think I can afford to come down to Worcester, as I can send a wri...
[Written speech for Worcester meeting]
To: Frances ('Fan') Schreiner nee Reitz, 28 November 1900: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/68
Thursday , Dear Fan , We leave this Monday evening for the Congress at Worcester. I shall come on on Thursday evening & s...
[Leaving tonight for Congress at Worcester]
To: Betty Molteno, 1901: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/4
[page/s missing], 2, body away from Kra Kimberley where she is buried in the garden, & bury her at Krantz Plaats, & t...
[Comfort to say what I have to say on woman question]
To: Daniel Cornelis Boonzaier, 1902: Olive Schreiner: Mr Boonzaier 87.17/1/Boon/1
Dear Mr Boonzier, I didn't make myself clear. I should really feel it an honour to be sketched by you; but I don't care to ha...
[Hope you see question of women's emancipation from my standpoint]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, December 1902: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold1/1902/36
Hanover, Sunday, Dear Mrs Solly, Thankyou very much for your congratulations, & letter. I am afraid the next general Elec...
[Write to South African News re women becoming members of South Africa Party, all persons born in South Africa includes women]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 1903: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.132
Sunday, Dear Mary, I shall leave this on Saturday afternoon getting to Cape Town Sunday morning, & shall leave again by M...
[Setting up a women's association]
To: Alice Greene, 31 March 1903: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold2/1903/5
Hanover, March 31 / 03, Dear Friend, Thank you so much for your letter telling me of the dear little boy’s death. You k...
[Kaffir woman who expounded on why God made women]
To: John X. Merriman, 22 February 1904: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1904:73
Hanover, 22 Feb / 04, Dear Mr Merriman, I am glad to see you are so soon to have a seat, but you will be a terrible loss to u...
[Sex does not touch on fitness or unfittness for vote]
To: Betty Molteno, 1 July 1905: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold4/1905/24
Hanover, July 1st 1905, My darling Friend, I do hope you will get away to Athens & Rome. (Oh Athens!) Miss Greene is quit...
[Afrikander groups including two women's organisations at war with each other ]
To: John X. Merriman, 1906: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1906:233
Wednesday night , Dear Mr Merriman, I have just had a great pleasure. Sir William Butler spent 24 hours with us. I have alway...
[If you Merriman could not vote, the franchise a small part of woman question]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 1906: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/42
Dear Mrs Murray, I had a bad attack of angina to-day & was so prostrate I could do nothing. And Mr Schreiner is gone upco...
[Hope to get to WEL meeting, need young unmarried men & women]
To: Francois Stephanus ('FS') Malan, 1906: Olive Schreiner: F.S. Malan 1000/6
Dear Friend, Your few words on the woman question last night were of great value to me. , That man said that the great questi...
[Your few words on woman question of value to me]
To: Anna Purcell nee Cambier Faure, 1906: Olive Schreiner: Anna Purcell MSC 26/2.9.2
Thursday night , My darling Anna, Did you feel how I was loving you as I sat behind you at the meeting. I could have kissed y...
[South African men more enlightened than women]
To: Alice Greene, 16 March 1906: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold5/1906/5
Cronwright-Schreiner & Meyer, Law and Estate Agents., Auctioneers, &c,, Hanover and De Aar, Cronwright-Schreiner,, La...
[Freemantle sound on woman question]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 1907: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/73
Dear Mrs Murray, There are two books I am sure you will be much interested to read if you have not done so already - a little...
[Books on suffrage recommended by OS]
To: Ethel Friedlander m. Herrman (1919), 1907: James Mackenzie BC 1/A1.3
Dear Ethel , I am sending you a paper (which please return to Mrs Schreiner) which I got a Miss Sonnenberg to write for our s...
[Paper by Miss Sonnenberg for the WEL]
To: Anna Purcell nee Cambier Faure, 1907: Anna Purcell MSB 386/1.9
My darling Anna, I think the meeting went off well. But I don't know why any one needed to say you wouldn't do as well as sec...
[WEL meeting, who would be secretary]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 26 March 1907: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/5
Hanover, March 26th 1907, Dear Mrs Solly, Thankyou much for your letter. I have not been well enough to write or would have a...
[WEL should represent all South African women]
To: Betty Molteno, 20 April 1907: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/10
Hanover, April 20th 1907, Dear Friend, I wonder if you are back alone in Switzerland? I do hope you & Alice will soon be ...
[Woman emancipation one of the root questions, little suffrage society started in Cape Town]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 7 May 1907: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/12
Hanover, May 7 / 07, Dear Mrs Solly, Thank you much for your letter. I asked what C.T. meant because I fancied it might mean ...
[WEL should focus just on women's emancipation, agree this but will disagree other things]
To: Alice Greene, 14 May 1907: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/13
Hanover, CC, May 14 / 07, Darling Alice, I long so to hear from you; & more, to see you. I would write much longer letter...
[Betty Molteno writes strangely on woman question]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, June 1907: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/18
Tuesday night, Dear Mrs Murray, I had quite forgotten that I had an engagement I can’t change for Thursday. Would it be...
[Drawing room WEL meeting, told never to remember the war, all loyal to King & Empire]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, 4 July 1907: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/18
Rossyvera, Norfolk Rd, Sea Point, July 4th 1907, Dear Mrs Murray, Thank you so much for your kind letter. I am wonderfully be...
[On leadership of WEL, must join its English & Afrikander sides]
To: Havelock Ellis, 6 July 1907: HRC/CAT/OS/4b-xxii
[page/s missing], they cannot return the love to leave them & never if possible to allow them to see them. If I, for inst...
[Went to parliament debate on woman's suffrage]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, 9 July 1907: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/19
Dear Mrs Murray, I have spoken to Mary Sauer & other women, & they all think it is so splendid that you should be Pre...
[Caroline Murray herself should be president of WEL]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 31 July 1907: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/21
Rossyvera, Norfolk Rd, Sea Point, Sunday, Dear Mrs Solly, I did not get your letter sent to the Royal, but have just got your...
[Can't get women to join WEL, they think it's a branch of Loyal Ladies League]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 8 August 1907: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/23
Rossyvera, Norfolk Rd , Sea Point, Aug 8th 1907, Dear Mrs Solly, I was not well enough to get to the committee meeting. But I...
[Drawing room WEL meetings; need progressive party speakers]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 9 August 1907: James Mackenzie BC 1/A1.1
Dear Mrs Solly, Mrs De Villiers is quite willing to join us as Vice Pres=. I have found another splendid woman a Mrs Botha. H...
[Minnie De Villiers willing to join WEL as Vice President]
To: Lucy Molteno nee Mitchell, 11 August 1907: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/24
My dear Mrs Molteno, Mrs John Brown & my sister-in-law Mrs WP Schreiner & I have all arranged for a little private me...
[Mary Brown little paper at WEL meeting at Fan Schreiner's on woman's work]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 5 November 1907: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/28
De Aar, Oct Nov 5th 1907, Dear Mrs Solly, I enclose you a note from Mrs Pethick Lawrence which may interest you, please retur...
[Feeling in WEL against Mrs Macfadyen will pass]
To: Mary Brown nee Solomon, 8 November 1907: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/30
De Aar, Nov 8th 1907, Dear Friend, I haven’t been able to write of late, but it’s such a curious comfort to me to...
[In Transvaal the WEL federation has grown wider & the Women's Christian Union narrower]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, 9 December 1907: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/33
Box 24, De Aar, Dec 9 / 07, Dear Mrs Murray, Thank you for sending Betty’s letter. Can you give j me her right address;...
[Woman question secondary to native question]
To: Lucy Molteno nee Mitchell, 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/32
De Aar, Thursday, Dear Mrs Molteno, I feel so reproached that I have left your letter unanswered so long. But I’ve not ...
[Mimmie Murray starting a WEL branch]
To: Lucy Molteno nee Mitchell, 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box 12/Fold1/Undated/44
My darling Lucy, Thank you for your sweet letter. I am going to write a long letter to the committee explaining to them why I...
[Going to write long letter to WEL committee why I resigned and cannot re-join]
To: Frederick ('Fred') Pethick-Lawrence, 27 February 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/9
Undated, We are fighting hard here. A Woman’s measure was proposed in the Upper House last Thursday. It would have been...
[A women's suffrage measure debated in parliament, Merriman's men the obstacle, we fighting, Dutch Women's Christian Union against us]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, March 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold1/Dated/21
Eastbergholt , Tamboer’s Kloof Rd , Saturday , Dear Mrs Solly , I wish you had been here on Thursday, the debate in the...
[WEL office bearers, numbers of members, organisational details]
To: Lucy Molteno nee Mitchell, April 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box 12/Fold1/Undated/42
De Aar, Monday, My dear Lucy, Thank you for your sweet letter. I have had no answer to my last from Mrs Murray but when I was...
[Pretoria woman's society hoodwinked by Irene MacFadyen, they never elected her as chair]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 6 April 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/18
Matjesfontein , April 6th 1908, Dear Mrs Solly, I’m so sorry I’ve not been able to answer you for such a long tim...
[Leadership of WEL & issues]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, May 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold1/Dated/26
Dear Mrs Solly, I can’t quite understand your letter & perhaps you don’t quite understand me. I don’t m...
[Opposition to vote on same terms as men, our constitution was violated, politics of WEL]
To: Anna Purcell nee Cambier Faure, May 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold1/Dated/27
Tuesd, Wednesday morning, My darling Anna, I’ve not been out any where or written a letter or done anything since my sp...
[WEL committee decisions & the attempt to gerrymander a vote supporting the Transvaal 'on the same terms as men' racial position]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 6 May 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/26
Matjesfontein, May 6th 1908, My dear Mrs Solly, I was so very sorry I could not come to see you, I was so very very ill. I co...
[WEL leadership - Irene MacFadyen cannot be WEL & Loyal Ladies League member at same time ]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 10 May 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/28
Matjesfontein, May the 10th 1908, Dear Mrs Solly, I have been feeling quite unhappy about that letter I sent you thinking it ...
[If woman's franchise kept back a year or two what matter it will come at last]
To: Betty Molteno, 23 May 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/32
Matjesfontein, May 23rd 1908, Darling Friend, I am still here you see, but leave next Wednesday for de Aar., No I don’t...
[Caroline Murray should be WEL President]
To: Emily Hobhouse, 29 May 1908: Olive Schreiner to Emily Hobhouse HTC/1
Letter to be read at meeting, de Aar, May 29th 1908 , Dear Miss Hobhouse, I regret I cannot be with you on the second., The t...
[1908 address for Cape Town meeting supporting women's suffrage for Emily Hobhouse to read]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 3 June 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/36
Box 24 , de Aar , 3 June 1908, Dear Mrs Solly, Do let me know how you think our meeting went off. , I enclose 1/- from Miss G...
[The WEL meeting & dealing with Irene MacFadyen]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, 4 June 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/38
Thursday afternoon, Dear Mrs Murray, I think my husband will go, & in that case I must stay here to look after things. Do...
[Sympathetic little note in 'News', nothing in 'Argus' about the Cape Town women's suffrage meeting]
To: Frances ('Fan') Schreiner nee Reitz, 6 June 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/39
De Aar, June 6th 1908, My dear Fan, I saw the old man for about two minutes the other day. He looked better than when I saw h...
[The Cape Town women's suffrage meeting where Emily Hobhouse spoke]
To: Frances ('Fan') Schreiner nee Reitz, 12 June 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/43
Dear Fan, I send you Mrs Purcell’s latest letter which I think will interest you about her return & also the suffra...
[Betty Molteno's conversion to suffragette views]
To: Frederick ('Fred') Pethick-Lawrence, 28 June 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/6
Eastbergholt , Tamboers Kloof , June 28th, 1908 , We had but a very short wire about the demonstration last Sunday but one ca...
[Suffragette demonstration, not what they might get but freeing themselves]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 3 July 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/44
Wednesday night, Dear Mrs Solly, I had a talk with Malan this afternoon. He thinks that petition from women in all parts of t...
[Malan thinks petition from women from all parts of South Africa to Convention a good idea]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 12 July 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/45
Dear Mrs Solly, Mrs Macfadyen spent a long afternoon with me. I like her more & more the more I see of her. , She said sh...
[WEL, drawing different sets of women, small meetings]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 26 July 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/48
Dear Laddie, I was sorry I didn’t hear your speech yesterday. Cron said it was the finest he’d ever heard you mak...
[Woman's question public meeting]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, August 1908: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/2
York House, Muizenberg, Thursday , Dear Mrs Murray , Thankyou so much for your letter. I was so played up that the Purcells w...
[The issue should have been dealt with differently, acted beyond the WEL constitution, a fine drawing room meeting]
To: Winifred de Villiers, August 1908: De Villiers BC 28/F150
Tambours Kloof Rd, Tambour’s Kloof, Wednesday morning, Dear Miss de Villiers, I have had a great disappointment I belie...
[Principle speaker at WEL meeting, Mrs O'Connor, cannot come]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, 9 August 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/50
Sunday , Dear Mrs Murray, Mrs Brown is only free for Wednesday afternoon the 12th or Monday afternoon the 17th or on next Sat...
[Mary Brown, & attending WEL meetings]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, 14 August 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/53
Friday, Dear Mrs Murray, I had forgotten an engagement for Monday & Tuesday is the woman’s vote in the Upper House....
[Women's suffrge vote in Cape upper house]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 16 August 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold1/Dated/18
Dear Mrs Solly, I hope you have the letter I sent through Mrs Macfadyen., I enclose another 1/-. Please send receipt & ca...
[Private WEL meeting at Fan Schreiner's, getting suffrage depends on getting support of Dutch women]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 16 August 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold1/Dated/19
Dear Mrs Solly, I will try to find two Dutch ladies who will be willing to be vice presidents; but I couldn’t possibly ...
[Getting in Dutch vice president, we have to educate women in South Africa slowly]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 16 August 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold1/Dated/20
Rossyvera, Norfolk Rd, Sea Point, Dear Mrs Solly, We are going to have another meeting on the 27th for Mrs Brown to read her ...
[Minnie De Villiers really the most remarkable woman, she a WEL vice president]
To: Lucy Molteno nee Mitchell, 20 August 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/55
Dear Lucy, Thank you so much. I shall like to come, the 30th will be the best because Anna Purcell & Mrs Brown & Mrs ...
[Splendid meeting at de Villiers, Ruth Alexander; advice of lawyers, would say committee action illegal]
To: Lucy Molteno nee Mitchell, September 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/58
De Aar, Sep wordspace 1908, Dear Mrs Molteno, I’ve been wanting so much to write & thank you for all you did to mak...
[When able OS will write out suggestion for that little man & woman's club]
To: Lucy Molteno nee Mitchell, 3 September 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/57
My dear Mrs Molteno, I did enjoy this afternoon so much, & not only I but everyone else. We all were gathered at the stat...
[Plan about women's discussion club]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, October 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold1/Dated/11
Thursday , Dear Mrs Murray, Thank you for sending Betty’s letter. I am afraid I have treated even her very badly, I hav...
[Sending the women's petition to the Convention a mistake, roused Agnes Merriman & Mrs Beck against]
To: Frances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz, 24 November 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold3/ToBe/6
De Aar, Tuesday 24th Nov, Dear old Sister, Please send me back Miss Colenso’s letter, as I haven’t answered it. H...
[Con Lytton has become a great suffragette]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/28
De Aar, Friday, Dear Mrs Murray, I have just got a cable from London saying Mrs Pankhurst, & the Pethick Lawrences, are n...
[OS collecting signatures in support of British suffragette prisoners]
To: Frederick ('Fred') Pethick-Lawrence, 1 January 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/5
Matjesfontein , January 1st, 1909 , Dear Fred, I have written a little paper on Closer Union which I had published in a Johan...
[Citizen Franchise League, women here far behind]
To: Lucy Molteno nee Mitchell, 10 January 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/1
Hotel Milner, Matjesfontein,, Cape Colony, Sunday , Dear Mrs Molteno, I thank you so much for your letter. It is so valued by...
[Irene MacFadyen to oppose anyone other than Mary Brown as WEL President candidate]
To: Lucy Molteno nee Mitchell, 14 January 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/3
Mrs Brown says she is too ill to stand as President so it’s no use voting for her., I got such a charming letter from E...
[Mary Brown say she's too ill to stand as WEL President]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 19 January 1909: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/10
Hotel Milner, Matjiesfontein, Cape Colony, Jan 19/09, Dear Mrs Murray, I was so glad to get your letter with its valuable new...
[Importance of small WEL branches, Rebecca West's The Convert]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 7 February 1909: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/11
Matjiesfontein, Feb 7th 1909, Dear Mrs Murray, Yes, make any use you like of Lady Constance Lytton's letter that you think wi...
[Broader women's society not connected to the WEL]
To: Betty Molteno, 8 February 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/9
Matjesfontein, Feb 8th 1909, Dear Friend, I wonder if you are coming out you will have to make a close & hard bargain wit...
[Constance Lytton joined the suffragettes]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 15 February 1909: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/91
I sent you a little pamphlet which I thought might be useful to you. Please return it when you've read it, as I want to lend ...
[Sending pamphlet, ought to make Caroline Murray WEL President]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, 25 February 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold1/Dated/22
Dear Mrs Murray, You really must, please, stand as President for the Woman’s E.L. The whole thing will go to bits if yo...
[Please stand for WEL President]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 28 February 1909: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/8
Matjiesfontein, Feb 28th 1909 , My dear Mrs Murray, Thank you much for your letter. I have sent it to Mrs Brown who will send...
[Caroline Murray for WEL President]
To: Frederick (‘Fred’) Pethick-Lawrence, 4 March 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/7
Matjesfontein , March 4th, 1909 , Dear Fred, I see from the papers that your beloved wife and Connie Lytton and other of my f...
[See in papers Con Lytton & Emmeline Pethick Lawrence in prison, anxious for health, in fighting for women, in figting for justice to the native ]
To: Betty Molteno, 6 March 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold1/Dated/24
Matjesfontein, March 6 / 09, My darling friend, Do please address your letters to Matjesfontein always in future. Even if I g...
[Con Lytton out of prison; Emmeline Pethick Lawrence in prison if health can stand it]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, April 1909: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/61
Dear Mrs Murray, We are holding a small woman's enfranchisement meeting at my friend Mrs (Dr) Murray's at Kenilworth House Ke...
[Small women's enfranchisement meeting at Caroline Murray's]
To: Mrs Goosen, 14 May 1909: Olive Schreiner: Mrs Goosen 87.17/2/Goos/1
De Aar, May 14th 1909, My dear Mrs Goosen, My friend Mrs Haldane Murray has just written to tell me how hard you are working ...
[Hold out a hand of friendship in starting a new women's society]
To: Frances (?Fan?) Schreiner nee Reitz, 22 May 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/26
De Aar, May 22nd 1909, Dear Fan, We shall be down in town on the evening of the 31st for this little session. It is all so de...
[WEL will go well now that Caroline Murray President]
To: Frederick ('Fred') Pethick-Lawrence, 12 June 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/8
Matjesfontein , June 12th, 1909, I am sure, thinking it over, you will be too busy to make arrangements with a publisher abou...
[Glorious work in England, rouse our women]
To: Betty Molteno, July 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/37
de Aar, July 1909, My darling Friend, There was nothing from you again this week. Perhaps you addressed to Cape Town. Don’...
[One of our League women from Cape arrested with suffragettes; Burrows pamphlets; Malan's speech on suffrage]
To: Jessie Rose Innes nee Dods Pringle, 6 July 1909: Olive Schreiner: Jessie Rose Innes MSC 26/2.6.1
De Aar, July 6th 1909, Dear Jessie, Thank you for your letter. I have written to Mr Cross about Meredith. I would have writte...
[How is the women's movement in Pretoria]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 10 July 1909: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/47
I am sending you Lady Constance's little paper. I don't know if I sent it you before. There is a splendid article by her brot...
[Constance Lytton's paper, article by her brother in Votes for Women]
To: Francois Stephanus ('FS') Malan, 10 July 1909: Olive Schreiner: F.S. Malan 1000/8
De Aar, Saturday , Dear Friend, Your speech was splendid. One friend writes me that there was hardly a woman belonging to us ...
[Malan's speech, Contagious Diseases Acts, women barred from professions]
To: Betty Molteno, 11 July 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/33
Dear, It’s three weeks since I heard from you. Always address to De Aar unless I tell you other wise Its a wild windy d...
[Big meeting with Malan as speaker; Burrows sent his pamphlet]
To: Frederick '(Fred') Pethick-Lawrence, 22 July 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/11
de Aar , July 22nd, 1909 , My dear Fred, Its too splendid the fight our women are making. I am glad to hear one of our Cape L...
[Too splendid the fight our women are making, glad some WEL with you]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 30 August 1909: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/38
De Aar, Aug 30th 1909, My dear Mrs Murray, You will have wondered at my long silence after your kind letter asking me to come...
[Hope WEL work getting on well in Cape Town]
To: Frederick ('Fred') Pethick-Lawrence, 31 August 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/14
de Aar, August 3lst, 1909 , I hope you & your beloved wife did not mind what I said about your printing that bit of my le...
[Women's franchise will only be granted for party political gain]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, October 1909: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/48
De Aar, Monday , Dear Mrs Murray , Thank you for your very kind letter I think I will accept your kind invitation & come ...
[My niece is strong on woman question]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 19 November 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/47
Dear Mrs Solly, I wish you were here. Yes we shall come with much pleasure. Do try to be be here surely on the 1st., I am ver...
[We are getting up a WEL meeting, the speakers]
To: Jessie Rose Innes nee Dods Pringle, 16 December 1909: Olive Schreiner: Jessie Rose Innes MSC 26/2.6.2
c/o Dr. Purcell, Muizenberg, Thursday, Dear Jessie,, I was too unwell to leave & have been staying here with my dear frie...
[WEL drawing room meeting, Freemantle, Alexander]
To: Jessie Rose Innes nee Dods Pringle, 25 December 1909: Olive Schreiner: Jessie Rose Innes MSC 26/2.6.3
c/o Dr. Purcell, York House, Muizenberg, Xmas Day., Dear Jessie, It was a great disappointment to me to hear from Anna Purcel...
[Ruth Alexander's speech at WEL meeting]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 16 January 1910: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/23
Matjiesfontein, Jan 16th 1910, Dear Mrs Murray, Thank you so much for your letter. Port Lock is my dream land to which I hope...
[Can copy extracts from WEL President Caroline Murray's letter if wants]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 25 February 1910: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold3/1910/4
Rocklands, Beach Rd, Sea Point, Dear Mrs Solly, Your letter to Anna Purcell is splendid. Magnificent. You ought to be the fir...
[OS written John Brown saing he & Mr Macfadyen cannot interfere in WEL, voting for committee]
To: Frederick ('Fred') Pethick-Lawrence, May 1910: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/17
Thanks for your letter. I fear the King’s death will put everything back. I have been told he backed up Asquith on the ...
[Women's emancipation deeper than just franchise]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, May 1910: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/55
De Aar, Saturday , Dear Mrs Murray, I was so glad to see your hand-writing again., I am leaving for a short visit to the Tran...
[Trying to get up women's meeting in OS's study]
To: Anna Purcell nee Cambier Faure, 31 July 1910: Anna Purcell MSB 386/1.12
July 31st 1910, My darling Anna, I am so glad to hear your beautiful, beautiful news. I hope the beloved little one when it c...
[Sad to bring women into the world untill better times come]
To: Frederick ('Fred') Pethick-Lawrence, August 1910: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/15
de Aar, August 1910 , Yours is most valuable as giving as outlook over the whole position in England, very clear and very int...
[Evelyn Sharp's Rebel Woman, fight educating women]
To: Frederick ('Fred') Pethick-Lawrence, September 1910: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/13
(first page missing) Undated, …at a large Suffrage meeting in Cape Town. I am glad he has spoken out for us at last. Th...
[Suffrage meeting Cape Town, Ruth Alexander eloquent speaker, Emmeline Pethick Lawrence's pamphlet converted a young man]
To: Lucy Molteno nee Mitchell, 5 September 1910: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold3/1910/16
De Aar, Sep 5th 1910, Dear Lucy, I wonder if you are still at that lovely Miller’s Point, & I wonder if you wrote a...
[WEL in Transvaal split, autocracy & divisions]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 7 October 1910: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/35
De Aar, Oct 7th 1910, Dear Mrs Murray, We were both so very sorry Mr Murray did not get in. So many of the best men have fall...
[Evelyn Sharp's Rebel Woman, Lyndall Schreiner strong suffragette]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 31 October 1910: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold3/1910/23
De Aar, Oct 31st 1910, Dear Laddie, I send you a copy of the English Woman. Read the first article, which is good. For myself...
[It is not as a woman I ask anything, simply as a human creature]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, 15 November 1910: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold3/1910/24
Portlock, nr. Graaff Reinet, Nov 15th 1910, Dear Mrs Murray, Thank you for your letter from Rodesia. I hope the journey remai...
[Dot (Lyndall Schreiner) to be secretary of WEL?]
To: Frederick ('Fred') Pethick-Lawrence, 19 December 1910: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/19
Portlock, Nr. Graaf Reinet, December 19th, 1910, I am looking forward most anxiously to next mail to get the "Votes for Women...
[Passive resistance, woman & labour, Mimmie Murray's work in Graaff-Reinet]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 20 December 1910: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold3/1910/28
Portlock, nr. Graaff Reinet, Dec 20 / 10, Dear old Man, I hope you are getting away for a real holiday somewhere; but perhaps...
[Woman's suffrage meeting at Graaff-Reinet, Dutch women]
To: Frederick ('Fred') Pethick-Lawrence, 1911: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/25
Of course I didn’t misunderstand what Emmeline said about my book and the vote. I’m sure she personally understoo...
[Vote only small part of woman question, Emmeline Pethick Lawrence misunderstood OS book]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, January 1911: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/63
De Aar, Tuesday , Darling Friend, How sweet of you to think of me so. The reason why I have not written is that I wanted to w...
[Anger at Carrie Chapman Catt interfering in South African WEL]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, February 1911: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/50
Somerset East , Friday , Dear Mrs Murray, I send you Minnie de Villiers letter about Lady Innes & Emily Solomon. If they ...
[Graaff-Reinet WEL women]
To: Frederick ('Fred') Pethick-Lawrence, 26 February 1911: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/21
Somerset East , February 26th, 1911 , Thanks very much for the books, all of which I have received. I have sent out a number ...
[Arranging 'Votes for Women' sales]
To: Frederick (‘Fred’) Pethick-Lawrence, 26 February 1911: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/24
Somerset East, February 26th , I enclose a bit of Mr Sauer’s letter to me. , If you have not heard from Mr Hoy – ...
['Votes for Women' & 'controversial' literature at railway stands]
To: Frederick (‘Fred’) Pethick-Lawrence and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence nee Pethick, 12 April 1911: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/22
de Aar, Apri1 12th,1911, Dear Fred & Emmeline,, Thank you for your letters from prison. Need I tell you how much my thoug...
[Thank you for your letters from prison, not playing fair on Conciliation Bill]
To: Jan Smuts, 16 April 1911: Smuts A1/194/9/63
de Aar, April 16th 1911, Dear Neef Jan, I note that you are a socialist – but I wonder of what kind? It must break your...
[Women not fit for vote - but men hang innocent black man]
To: Frederick ('Fred') Pethick-Lawrence, 22 April 1911: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/23
de Aar, April 22nd, 1911, I am writing to Mr Sauer who is the Minister of Railways and will write you the result. I am also w...
[Emmeline & Christabel Pankhurst, attacks on women's suffrage]
To: William Philip ('Will) Schreiner, 28 April 1911: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold4/1911/7
Friday , Dear Laddie, I’m sorry to trouble you; but could you cash this for me & pay it into my account in the Stan...
[Meeting Mary Drew, Lady & Herbert Gladstone, a 'pap', he thought I was going to shout 'Votes for Women']
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 28 April 1911: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/26
De Aar, April 28th 1911, Dear Mrs Murray, I was so disappointed that I did not know you were coming. I still had hopes you wo...
[Ida Hyett, devoted to Transvaal woman's cause; met Mary Drew]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 2 May 1911: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold4/1911/19
de Aar, April , May 2nd 1911, Dear Laddie, I certainly think it would be most unwise to start a branch of the A.P. society he...
[Unwise to start branch of Aborigenes Protection Society; a bad name, need society under which people with liberal view can gather, all women irrespective of race]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, 3 May 1911: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold4/1911/16
de Aar , May 3rd 1911, Dear Mrs Murray , I got a copy of Public Opinion which I think must be from you, so I am returning it ...
[Railway stalls Votes for Women, arrange for colonial lit to be sold there?]
To: Henrietta ('Ettie') Schreiner m. Stakesby Lewis (1891), 5 May 1911: Schreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/119
De Aar, May 5th 1911, My own darling, I have just read your letter. Of all the letters I have had about my book it has been t...
[Ettie Stakesby Lewis letter about Women & Labour, Merriman also wrote about it   ]
To: Julia Solly nee Muspratt, 24 May 1911: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold4/1911/11
De Aar, May 24th 1911, Dear Mrs Solly, I’m sorry but I couldn’t possibly sign those letters., I’ve never me...
[OS hasn't mentioned Macfadyen to Pethick Lawrences as is bitterest enemy natives have, small & cowardly action of all of us who raise Black Peril cry]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 27 June 1911: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/39
June 27th 1911, Dear Mrs Murray, My trip to the Falls was too splendid, but I've been in bed ever since I came back with bron...
[OS doesn't want anything in/directly to do with WEL]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 23 July 1911: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/40
De Aar, July 23rd 1911, Dear Mrs Murray, I am sending you Ruth Alexander's speech at Kimberley. Please when you've read it se...
[Why OS nothing to do with WEL, Julia Solly]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, 6 September 1911: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold4/1911/43
De Aar, Sep 6th 1911, Dear Mrs Murray, It was so nice to see your handwriting again have you any news of Betty’s moveme...
[OS not in favour of union of all women's societies, mere bigness never appeals]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, 25 September 1911: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold4/1911/49
I am sending you a copy of the "Leader" with an interesting interview on the woman question. It is fine, only I think the wri...
[Copy of Labour Leader with interesting interview on woman question]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, December 1911: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/60
Dear Mrs Murray, I'm so sorry you are out again., We are all going to meet (as many of our leading members of the Women's E L...
[Leading members of WEL meeting at Mary Brown's to discuss petition, keep secret until the line to be taken decided]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 1912: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/45
De Aar, Thursday, Dear old man, I got home at 12 to day. I found a nice letter from Ursula awaiting me here. She writes so wi...
[Ursula Schreiner writes so wisely on suffragettes]
To: Alice Greene, 1912: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/41
De Aar, Alice dear, your speech if the papers reported it truly, was a great sorrow to me. It would have been quite right at ...
[You and Miss Molteno as far from me as east from west on woman question]
To: Unknown, January 1912: Olive Schreiner: Ruth Alexander MSC 26/2.1.29
It was not a personal matter than made me leave the society, The women of the Cape Colony all women of the Cape Colony, These...
[WEL pamphlet, all women of Cape Colony the terms on which OS joined]
To: Alice Greene, 10 January 1912: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/3
Karatara , Kenilworth , Jan 10th 1912, Dear Alice, I wonder how the world goes with you. Betty never gives us any news., When...
[Jessie Rose Innes giving garden party for suffragettes]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, 30 March 1912: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/9
Alexandra Hotel, Muizenberg, Dearest Mrs Murray, I hope you understood only that I only came for Dot’s sake. I have not...
[Why OS left WEL, taking vote away from coloured]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 21 April 1912: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/14
Sunday morning , Dear old Man, Have you seen Het since I left? What does Theo think of her condition?, I enclose a cutting fr...
[28 years ago I was one of 8 women, Democratic Federation, Fellowship, socialism]
To: Edward Carpenter, 24 April 1912: Olive Schreiner: Edward Carpenter SMD 30/32/l
De Aar, April 24th 1912, Dear Edward, I now & then hear a word of you from some one who has seen you & they say all s...
[OS pleasure at thought of young girls growing up like her niece, free & strong]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 25 April 1912: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/9
De Aar, April 25th 1912, Dear Friend, Thank you for your letter. You can't think how pretty the children beautiful karross lo...
[The central committee of the WEL have nothing to do with it, suffrage work to be spade work & to educate]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, June 1912: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/34
De Aar , Friday , Dear Friend, Thank you so much for your letter. I have a very lovely rose in my garden & want to order ...
[Pethick Lawrences sentenced to 9 months in prison]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, 3 June 1912: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/23
I shall arrive in Cape Town Wednesday evening to attend my sisters funeral & shall leave directly after it on Monday. If ...
[Cable about non-political treatment of suffragette prisoners in Britain]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 6 July 1912: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/33
De Aar, July 6th 1912 , Dear Mrs Murray, It seems so long since I had any news of you all., My sister Ettie passed away after...
[Constance Lytton ill, forced fed in prison]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 20 July 1912: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/34
De Aar, July 20th 1912, My dearest old Man, It seems so long since I had any news of you directly or indirectly, except that ...
[Section of British cabinet may fight Asquith on woman's vote]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 29 July 1912: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/35
De Aar, July 29th 1912, Dear old Man , Thank you very much for the pictures. I like the one doubly where you & I show bec...
[Rubusana daring to tell white women their place is at home]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 3 November 1912: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/74
De Aar, Nov. 3rd 1912 , Dear Friend , Did you send me the early rubarb which I got yesterday? It came from Graaff Reinet so I...
[That terrible manhood suffrage]
To: Betty Molteno and Alice Greene, January 1913: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/1
Karatara, Kenilworth, Dear ones, My evening with you was lovely. The pleasantest time I’ve spent since I came to Cape T...
[Don't mention Mary Brown's name in connection with me & especially to Mrs Murray]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, 14 February 1913: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/8
Grand Hotel, Muizenberg, South Africa, Dear Mrs Murray, I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been unwell. I would have bee...
[Views [on the racial or otherwise basis of women's suffrage] don't make any difference between friends]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, April 1913: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/13
De Aar , My dear Friend, Thank you for your dear letter. I would gladly accept the offer of going to your house if you were s...
[Must fight for native women as most helpless]
To: Edward Carpenter, 29 April 1913: Olive Schreiner: Edward Carpenter SMD 30/32/m
De Aar, April 29 / 13, /13, My dear old Edward, I wonder how the world goes with you. I often wonder just what your feeling a...
[Suffragettes, question of force, passive resistance]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 12 August 1913: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/32
De Aar, Tuesday, My dear Laddie, I thought your speech on the Woman Question quite good; & it’s seldom on that subj...
[Will Schreiner's pro-women's suffrage speech, woman question part of great democratic movement]
To: Patrick Duncan, 10 September 1913: Patrick Duncan BC 294/D1.33.3
De Aar, Sep 10th 1913, Dear Mr Duncan, Both my husband & I have been profoundly interested in your program in ?today pape...
[Patrick Duncan's programme, make enfranchisement of women part of it]
To: Frances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz, 24 December 1913: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/58
30 St Mary Abbott’s Terrace, Kensington, W, Dear Fan, We had a very nice Xmas here together, Oliver Ursula the little D...
[Eveline Sharp a leading suffragette coming to dinner]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 21 February 1914: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold3/1914/11
Le Grand Hotel et D’Alassio, Alassio, Riviera, Italie, 21st 1914, Dear old Man, I have just got your letter. I’d ...
[OS has met some suffragettes in her hotel, their differences]
To: John Hodgson, 16 March 1914: HRC/OliveSchreinerLetters/OS-JohnHodgson/81
Palace Hotel , & New-York , Lung’arno , Florence, March 16th 1914, Dear Mr Hodgson, Thanks for your letter. I wonde...
[Emmeline Pethick Lawrence & two other suffragettes coming to see me]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 17 May 1914: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold3/1914/27
Sunday morning, Dear old Man, I hope you got a really good sleep last night. I am hoping for the best of news about our littl...
[Going to lunch with a great suffragette, will meet Emmeline Pankhurst]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 19 May 1914: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold3/1914/29
Tuesday night, Dear Laddie , Please give the enclosed to our little woman if she is allowed to get letters. , I hear Mrs Fred...
[The great suffragette procession, Mrs Pankhurst to be arrested]
To: John Hodgson, October 1914: HRC/OliveSchreinerLetters/OS-JohnHodgson/32
Telephone: 3675 Kensington., Telegrams: Apartment, London., Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel,, De Vere Gardens, W., Dea...
[Emmeline Pankhurst one of the strongest & cleverest women, but passionately warlike]
To: Anna Purcell nee Cambier Faure, December 1914: Olive Schreiner: Anna Purcell MSC 26/2.9.6
Address c/o Standard Bank, 10 Clements Lane, Lombard St, London, Anna dear, I hope your are all having a happy Xmas. My love ...
[Practically no women's movement here in London any more, no interest in anything but war]
To: John Hodgson, April 1915: HRC/OliveSchreinerLetters/OS-JohnHodgson/31
Telephone: 3675 Kensington., Telegrams: Apartment, London., Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel,, De Vere Gardens, W., Dea...
[OS is a peace women & don't want to hear Millicent Fawcett]
To: Havelock Ellis, 17 November 1915: HRC/CAT/OS/5a-ii
Bude , Wednesday , Dear Havelock , It is damp here in a way, but so mild & smooth; nothing raw in the air. Last night was...
[OS shrinks intensely from Emmelne & Christabel Pankhurst]
To: Catherine Marshall, 22 January 1917: Catherine Marshall Papers D-MAR-8/20
BRITISH DOMINIONS WOMEN SUFFRAGE UNION, A LUNCHEON has been arranged for , MONDAY JAN. 22nd at 1p.p. for 1.15., at the COMEDY...
[British Dominion Women Suffrage Union lunch invitation]
To: Betty Molteno, 2 December 1917: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold3/1917/27
Dear One,, I went yesterday with a deputation to the House of Parliament about the Indian woman’s franchise A kind woma...
[Deputation to Prime Minister about Indian woman's franchise]
To: John Hodgson, September 1918: HRC/OliveSchreinerLetters/OS-JohnHodgson/47
Monday., Dear John, Thanks for letter & books. I’ve sent the parcel on to Ursie., I’ve just this moment come ...
[Wonderful time with Pethick Lawrences & friends in country, all one mind & spirit]
To: Betty Molteno, December 1918: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold4/1918/30
Thursday , Dear Betty, I am so sad to have missed you. I would take a taxi & drive up to your rooms only, I’m sure ...
[Woman's meeting on education]
To: Joan Hodgson nee Wickham, 29 August 1919: HRC/OliveSchreinerLetters/OS-JOANHodgson/8
9 Porchester Place, Edgware Rd, Aug 29th 1919, Dear Joan, I hope you are not doing too much. Exercise is very good but you mu...
[Con Lytton, great self-less soul, did Joan Hodgson know here in suffrage days]
To: Caroline Murray nee Molteno, 30 November 1920: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold4/Mar-Dec1920/41
Oak Hall , Tram terminus, Wynberg, My dear Mrs Murray, I am so glad to think next week you will be here. As you will be at Mi...
[Ridiculous a man can't marry his deceased brother's wife]