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Women & Labour

The ‘Women & Labour’ collection includes letters dealing with the main strands of Schreiner’s concerns on this topic - women and labour in general, women as servants, as domestic workers, and women’s domestic labour crushing out intellectual life, including regarding her own experience of this. In these letters, Schreiner comments about women as servants, as domestic workers, the importance of women’s full economic independence, and also regarding the sexualisation of black women’s labour.

In the 1870s, there are letters mentioning African women workers as well as men who ‘come & go’ at the Boer farms she worked on. This collection also includes letters written while Schreiner was in England and then after her return to South Africa, emphasising the need for women’s full economic independence in marriage. They later include comments on her political treatise, Woman & Labour, and her ‘debate’ with a close friend, Alice Greene, about the in/validity of teaching country-women craft-skills as a largely redundant means of earning a living. Such convictions also surface in Schreiner’s accounts of encouraging the younger women, including her nieces, receiving education and professional training, and her rejoicing in their successes.

 

To: Rebecca Schreiner nee Lyndall, 10 June 1874: Olive Schreiner: Rebecca Schreiner 97.12.3.6.22
Colesburg, June 10th 1874, My dearest old Moth!, Last post brought me your letter & I don't like you to go with out a wor...
[Governess life on Colesberg farm]
To: Philip Kent, 3 May 1883: HRC/OliveSchreinerUncatLetters/OS-PhilipKent/5
Edinburgh House, Warrior Square, St Leonards, Ap May 3 / 83, My dear Mr Kent, Thank you for your letter & thank you very ...
[Supported self since 14, but obliged to live off brother since ill in England]
To: Elisabeth Cobb nee Sharpe, April 1885: Elisabeth Cobb 840/1/6
4 Robertson Terrace, April , My dear Mrs Cobb , Thank you for your letter. Will you please send me another copy of that pam. ...
[Miss Marks, mathematical invention]
To: Karl Pearson, 10 July 1886: Karl Pearson 840/4/3/22-26
The Convent, Friday night, , I am writing to ask you a favour. When I have the first printed proof sheets of my book complet...
['From Man to Man', women's dependence on men]
To: Karl Pearson, 13 July 1886: Karl Pearson 840/4/3/30-31
The Convent, July 13 / 86, Your paper is deliciously, tantalizingly, excitingly, suggestive. It sends one off in every direct...
[Lifelong unions, ideal unions between freemen]
To: Karl Pearson, 7 August 1886: Karl Pearson 840/4/3/43-52
The Convent, Saturday night, Aug 7 / 86, I do not know your address, but write tonight that I may send it when I do. Your let...
[Women's intellect & maternal instinct not at war]
To: Karl Pearson, 10 September 1886: Karl Pearson 840/4/3/61-64
On the other side I have scribbled down some such plan of a Woman’s Book as has been in my mind for many years. I wonde...
[Woman book plan]
To: Alys Pearsall Smith m. Russell (1894), 2 July 1888: Autograph Letters Collection: Alys Pearsall Smith ALC/7/3/2
Roseneath, Harpenden, Herts, Sunday, Dear Miss Smith , Thankyou very much all three for having come. I was quite lonely when ...
[Women drift, must take direction]
To: William Thomas Stead, January 1889: T120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/1- pages 39-41
Mentone, I am very glad to hear about Greenwood., I shall never be of much use to your paper, but you & it will be follow...
[Marriage, my work in life is...]
To: Havelock Ellis, 2 February 1889: HRC/UNCAT/OS-112
Mentone , Feb 2nd 1889 , Don’t you pitch into me, Henry Havelock. I’m just learning you to do the damn fine horse...
[Going to get a lot of people like Pearsall Smiths to give Louie dressmaking, set her up]
To: William Thomas Stead, March 1890: T120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/6- pages 58-61
Thank you, good friend, for your letter. But your last two letters don’t seem like you. Perhaps it is only their being ...
[Work, isolation, getting away from people]
To: John Brown and Mary Brown nee Solomon, 6 October 1890: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1890/7
Matjesfontein, Oct 6 / 90, My dear dear Friends, I have just had a dreadful blow lying on the sofa I took up a paper, & s...
[Alice Corthorn, support, doctor]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 26 December 1890: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.4
Matjesfontein, Friday night, My dear Friend, I was so glad to get your letter. Dear of course you feel unfinished; we all fee...
[You could do so much, education should never end, with women ends at 16]
To: Margaret (Maggie) Harkness, January 1891: T120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/4- pages 47-54
missing page/s , I am giving up today & tomorrow in trying to answer., I wrote to you last in June or July not yet quite ...
[Do not come, do not write, impersonal work]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, January 1891: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.6
My darling. I got your note this morning. The address is, Louie Ellis, 9 St Mary's Terrace, Paddington, London W., Send a per...
[Recommending Louie for dress-making]
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: William Thomas Stead, March 1892: T120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/54- pages 209-214
Matjesfontein, Dear Friend, It’s a long while since I last heard from you. I quite wish for some word. I haven’t ...
[Life calls us to many diferent labours, OS writing as work, her sex work]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 8 May 1892: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.53
Matjesfontein, May 8 / 9., Dear old Mary, How I wish you were here this morning so beautiful & fresh after the five terri...
[My big sex book, the hardest work of my life]
To: Jessie Rose Innes nee Dods Pringle, 6 February 1894: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold2/1894/1
Middelburg , Feb 6 / 94, Dear Jessie, I am going to be married on the 25th of this month. at & later at my f I think I s...
[Little boy and old Kaffir woman as servants]
To: Jessie Rose Innes nee Dods Pringle, 28 February 1894: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold2/1894/5
Krantz Platz, P.O. Halesowen, Feb 28 / 94, Dear Jessie, I was so glad to get your letter. Your letters always seem to come st...
[Got a good Hottentot girl]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, August 1894: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.75
The Homestead , Kimberley, Monday, Thanks so, dear. I've got a girl who comes in the morning for a couple of hours a day, &...
[Girl comes in morning]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 1 August 1894: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.74
Krantz Plaats, Halesowen, Aug 1st , Darling Mary, I sent you a wire this morning about nurse. It suddenly struck me what you ...
[If I had servant who would take housekeeping off my hands would earn thousands]
To: Edward Carpenter, 8 October 1894: Edward Carpenter 359/73
The Homestead, Kimberley, South Africa , Oct 8 / 94 , Dear old E. C. , The marriage pamphlet has come. I think it splendid! Y...
[Marriage pamphlet, money question between man & woman]
To: Jessie Rose Innes nee Dods Pringle, 29 November 1894: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold2/1894/12
The Homestead , Nr Kimberley, Nov 29 / 94, Thank you so much for your letter. I’ll tell Mrs Cawood to whom I’ve l...
[Carpenter marriage pamphlet, Kafir girl, white cook]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 2 January 1895: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.81
The Homestead, Jan 2 / 94 , A Happy New Year to you, dear. I hope I shall see you before it is out. Thank you for sending the...
[Alice passed final exam]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 23 February 1895: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.86
Thank you, my darling, for your sweet gift which came today. One of your little dresses I will put out in the basket to be th...
[Pregnant, trot about doing housework]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 15 March 1895: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.87
The Homestead , March 15 / 95., Darling Mary, I am so disappointed Cron saw so little of you, & was not able to go up the...
[Pregnant, like trotting about the house, cooking jam]
To: Robert Franklin ('Bob') Muirhead, 28 March 1895: MacFarlane-Muirhead/10
The Homestead, March 28 / 95. , Kimberley, South Africa, Dear Bob,, I enclose a letter which I’ve just cut from a paper...
[Scrubbing window cleaning nearly all myself]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 17 April 1895: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.89
The Homestead, April 17 / 95, Dear Mary, I am still all right. On Sunday night as I was driving my little servant girl home f...
[Cron's meals, little maid to clean house]
To: Miss Battie, July 1895: Henry Nourse (Miss Battie) A743/Bf3
Saturday , My dear Miss Battie, I wrote to Cape Town to Miss Burgers there & asked her what was the ordinary price in Cap...
[Woman typist]
To: G.W. Cross, August 1895: G.W. Cross MS 14, 462/8
My very dear Friend, I have sent you a copy of the paper on the political situation which I & my husband produced & w...
[You & Mr Lloyd only two men in SA who don't discount woman's work]
To: William Thomas Stead, 10 January 1896: T120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/21- pages 111-16 & pages 253-4
Middelburg, Jan 10 / 95, Thank you, dear friend, for Blastus. It opens up so many interesting questions that I cannot enter u...
[Women & marriage, marriage as mental & spiritual union]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 2 April 1896: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.100
The Homestead, Mar April 2 / 96, Thursday night nine o'clock , Darling , Your letter came late this evening, & at first I...
[Have to do all the cooking & housework]
To: Betty Molteno, 24 September 1896: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold3/1896/28
The Homestead, Thursday, Dear Friend,, I am so distressed about Miss Knight. I have not her address, it was on the letter I s...
[Miss Knight & teaching job, when OS can't work]
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’...
[Women who have children, providing for them, turning middle class women into working women]
To: Frances (?Fan?) Schreiner nee Reitz, 8 October 1896: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold3/1896/31
The Homestead , Oct 8 / 96, Dear Fan, It was ever such a surprise to me to hear you were all at the dear old Kowie. Mother wa...
[Wishes for women doctors, Kaffir boy servant]
To: Betty Molteno, 21 October 1896: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold3/1896/32
The Homestead , Sep 20 / 96, Oct 21st 1896, Dear Friend, I’m just writing a line to tell you I’m getting stronger...
[Importance of women's financial indep, keeping marriage & material interests separate]
To: Edward Carpenter, 2 May 1897: Edward Carpenter 359/77
Alassio, Riviera, Italy, May 2nd 1897 , Dear E.C. , Send Bob’s letter here. I wish I could see the dear old fellow. The...
[Barrenness of middle class women's lives, must have own work]
To: John Findlay, 3 December 1897: Findlay Family A1199/3709
The Homestead, Kimberley, Dec 3rd 1897, Dear John Findlay, Your truly inexplicable & astonishing letter was forwarded to ...
[Husband's responsibility to wife, Katie Findlay situation & dispute with John Findlay]
To: Henrietta (‘Ettie’) Schreiner m. Stakesby Lewis (1891), 1898: Schreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/33
My own old Ettie, You are always in my thoughts. I was so glad to get Etta Leuw’s reply address to my wire. I feel so a...
[Have no servant, only Hottentot boy]
To: Effie Hemming m. Brown (1903), 27 July 1898: Schreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/36
The Homestead, July 27 / 98, Darling Effie, I’m so glad mother is so satisfied. I knew she would be., I was talking to ...
[Effie making a living by typewriting]
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 ...
[Good to see younger women wanting work; terrible thing about DSG in old days with 'fine lady' ideal]
To: Betty Molteno, 10 December 1898: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/48
Box 2 Johannesburg, Tuesday, Dearest Friend, For the first time for weeks I really seem to have a few moments to sit down &...
[Asked to become Editor of small working men's Joburg paper, but housework in the way - strange thing to be a woman!]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 8 January 1899: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold1/Jan-June1899/1
Dear Laddie, I wrote you a long letter of six sheets yesterday but have just torn it up. The weight of each man’s life ...
[Olive, money, writing [Cronwright's mother & ister do not work for a living]]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 8 March 1899: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold1/Jan-June1899/8
2 Primrose Terrace, Berea Estate, Johannesburg, March 8 / 99, Dear Laddie, I have your wire; the long letter I want to write ...
[Money for Rebecca, Cron's mother & sister kept]
To: Havelock Ellis, 25 July 1899: HRC/CAT/OS/4b-x
[page/s missing], full life is that which lives in past present & future; in the life of the intellect, of the emotions, ...
[If I had twelve lives]
To: Betty Molteno and Alice Greene, 6 September 1901: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold4/1901/52
Sep 6 / 01, Dear Friends, I’ve only just found out you sent me the eggs. They are lovely. We have them for breakfast ev...
[No servant not even washing pots]
To: Betty Molteno, 17 January 1902: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold1/1902/3
Dear Friend, In a way I feel sad to hear you & Miss Greene are going to England, & in a way glad. Glad for your sakes...
[My time housework]
To: Betty Molteno, 15 June 1902: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold1/1902/19
Hanover, June 15 / 02, Thanks for your post card. This is a PC I have just got from Isie Smuts. It grieves me that after two ...
[Nothing but cleaning floors]
To: Betty Molteno, 27 July 1902: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold1/1902/23
Hanover, July 27 / 02, Dear Friend, There is much to write of, but there seems to be no time & no strength. Thanks for yo...
[Housework causes death of intellect]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 17 May 1903: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.130
Monday, May 17 / 03 , Darling Mary, Did you ever get the "Hearts of Men"? Cron is very ill, I have to feed & dress & ...
[Last 9 years physical labour kills out brain]
To: John Brown and Mary Brown nee Solomon, 14 October 1903: Olive Schreiner: John & Mary Brown MSC 26/2.2.14
Hanover, Oct 14 / 03, My very dear Friends,, I wonder if you have gone abroad to Italy now. I wonder how you are I want so to...
[Bushgirl, hope to work now]
To: Henrietta ('Ettie') Schreiner m. Stakesby Lewis (1891), 22 October 1903: Schreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/69
Hanover, Oct 22nd 1903, Darling, I’m so glad you had that good meeting. I know how it strengthens one when you have fel...
[Woman's best time of work after 50]
To: Betty Molteno, June 1904: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box 12/Fold1/Undated/37
Hanover, Wednesday. Evening, Dearest Friend, I have today got your letter from Houw Hoek. I addressed two letters to you &...
[Have been housekeeping]
To: Henrietta (‘Ettie’) Schreiner m. Stakesby Lewis (1891), 22 June 1904: Schreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/79
Hanover, June 22nd 1904, Darling Sister , Let me know exactly what your plans are. I will try & go with you any time if t...
[Woman as labour machine, brain goes into your hands, can't write]
To: Mary Brown nee Solomon, 14 September 1906: Olive Schreiner: John & Mary Brown MSC 26/2.2.16
Hotel "De Aar", De Aar, Sep 14th 1906, C.C., Dear Friend, Thank you for your letter., I've written to Merriman & Will abo...
[The lonely, struggling Free State woman's letter, OS work, finish my book, help such women]
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 meeting on woman's work]
To: Robert Franklin ('Bob') Muirhead and Lene Muirhead, 24 December 1907: MacFarlane-Muirhead/20
P.O. Box 24, De Aar, Cape Colony, South Africa, Dec 24 / 07, Dear Bob & Lene, This is just a little line of Xmas & Ne...
[No servant, isn't simple life to person who does the chores!]
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...
[Women and University regulations]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 3 January 1909: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/37
Matjiesfontein, Dec Jan 3rd 1909, Dear Mrs Murray, All good wishes for the new year to you all., I have been here about a wee...
[Writing as the real work I can do for women]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, April 1909: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/41
Eastbergholt , Tamboer's Kloof Rd, Cape Town , Friday, My dear Mrs Murray, I have been so busy finishing off a little book on...
[Finishing off little book I'm copying on woman question]
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’...
[Women & Labour soon publishing; can't find business agent, must make something]
To: Anna Purcell nee Cambier Faure, July 1909: Anna Purcell MSB 386/1.13
Anna darling, I am sending you a little pamphlet Mrs Rhys David, a friend of mine has sent me as I know you are interested in...
[Rhys Davids, ideal marriage, shared interests]
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 ...
[Women and professions, they share their work]
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...
[Baking and turning out kitchen today, only rough Kaffir girl to help me]
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...
[Excuse haste, busy baking ]
To: Frances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz, May 1910: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/19
Dear Fan, I was to have left yesterday for Pretoria to speak on woman & labour at the Womans Domestic Industries Congress...
[Was going to speak at Women's Domestic Industries Congress]
To: Alice Greene, 15 October 1910: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold3/1910/18
Oct 15th 1910, Dear I loved your letter. Don’t think I’m so narrow that because I don’t see the way to wome...
[Women's salvation not with handwork]
To: Lucy Molteno nee Mitchell, 19 November 1910: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold3/1910/25
c/o Haldane Murray Esq, Portlock, nr Graaff Reinet, Nov 219 / 10, My dear Lucie , I hope you & the dear children are all ...
[Women & Labour out after Xmas, not much of a book, wasn't well enough to revise it]
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...
[Women & Labour out soon, posted corrected proofs, little remembrance from big book 'Women & Sex' destroyed in Joburg]
To: Andre Murray, 1911: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/43
Address to De Aar as I am back on Thursday , Dear Andre, I am so sorry to hear you have been so ill. I hope you don't feel an...
[Dot and Ursula Schreiner & careers]
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...
[Women & Labour small part of woman question as a whole]
To: Henrietta ('Ettie') Schreiner m. Stakesby Lewis (1891), 1911: Schreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/187
[page/s missing], 2, office for him to order the oysters., When I got back here I was saying how much you needed someone to h...
[Servant for Ettie Stakesby Lewis]
To: Edward Carpenter, 7 January 1911: Olive Schreiner: Edward Carpenter SMD 30/32/h
Portlock, nr Graaff Reinet, Cape of Good Hope, Jan 7 / 11, Dear old Edward, It's born in on me I must write to you, though wh...
[Women & Labour 'nothing much']
To: Robert Franklin ('Bob') Muirhead, 3 April 1911: MacFarlane-Muirhead/22
De Aar, April 3rd 1911, Dear Bob, I’m sending you & Lene a copy of my book. It’s only a fragment but tell me ...
[Women & Labour, sending]
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...
[Becoming quite a blooming millionaire with £60 for Women & Labour and Story African Farm money]
To: T. Fisher Unwin, 4 May 1911: HRC/OliveSchreinerUncatLetters/OS-TFisherUnwin/70
De Aar, Apri , May 4th 1911, Dear Mr Unwin, Thank you for the two copies of the American Edition of Woman & Labour. If yo...
[Two copies of the American edition of Women & Labour, glad of any reviews]
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...
[Women & Labour, Merriman's response]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 6 May 1911: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold4/1911/9
De Aar, May 6th 1911, My dear Laddie, Your card excited me so I lay awake much of the night thinking over little Ursie’...
[Ursula Schreiner's medical career, nursing typewriting should be left to women who are poor, too much competition]
To: Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 13 May 1911: Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/4
De Aar, May 13 / 11, Dear Friend, I value your letter so much. I shall always keep it. I have had a great joy, perhaps, it is...
[Women's professions versus occupations like nursing, teaching...]
To: Edward Carpenter, 4 July 1911: Olive Schreiner: Edward Carpenter SMD 30/32/j
De Aar, July 4th 1911, Dear E.C., I wrote you a longish letter to go off by this week's mail but I must have put it into an e...
[Gibbon nothing to do with Women & Labour, he ignores women]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 26 August 1911: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold4/1911/39
De Aar, August 26th 1911, Dear old Man, It was a disappointment to me to see from Adelas letter that you had not spoken at th...
[Dot Schreiner, studying law and opening way for other women to the bar]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 30 August 1911: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold4/1911/40
De Aar 30th 1911, It’s your birthday today, dear old man, I wonder where you are spending it. I hope happily., Our girl...
[Should Dot Schreiner earn her own living now]
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 ...
[Alice Greene's speech anti-suffrage, the great economic question for women, on woman question you & Miss Molteno as far from me as east from west]
To: Alice Clark, January 1912: Alice Clark M/L 90/1
de Aar, Cape Colony, Dear Miss Clark, Thank you so very much for the copies of the English woman you have sent me, & yet ...
[Alice Clark's work on women and work]
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...
[Ten years given to labour matters]
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...
[Pleasure at thought of young girls growing up like my niece, work, barrister]
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...
[Advance education of all girls in our power]
To: Wynnie Hemming, 12 June 1912: Schreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/157
Tuesday, Wynne darling,, I send you a letter I got from Clifford Cawood to-day. I fear my dear little Dora is going too. Dear...
[Could help Wynnie Hemming with post as teacher]
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...
[Rage at Rubusana saying women's place isin the home]
To: James Henderson, 29 July 1912: General Missionary Commission, Folder 25: Letters to Mr. J. Henderson MS 14, 847/5
De Aar, July 29th 1912 , Dear Mr Henderson, I had no idea you would have any use to make of the answers when once the confere...
[Want to talk with you on subject of native women as nurses]
To: Frances ('Fan') Schreiner nee Reitz, 24 August 1912: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/42
De Aar, Aug 24th 1912, Dear old sister, It seems a long time since I wrote to you, but it’s longer I think since you wr...
[Ursula Schreiner & medicine]
To: Alice Greene, 5 October 1912: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box 12/Fold1/Undated/45
My darling Alice, The more I think of it the more I feel sure the Cape Times must have misrepresented you. I know you hold wi...
[Opposed to Alice Greene's views, women's jobs must be opened up to end prostitution, men & women's qualities]
To: Alice Greene, 10 November 1912: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/52
De Aar , Nov 10th 1912, Dear Alice, Of course I always love you & think you one of the most lovely & darling of the p...
[Alice Greene's speech, women will be free]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 12 November 1912: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/53
Dear Laddie , I shall have to come down to Cape Town soon – as soon as I’m able to get my packing done. I’v...
[Betty Balfour studying medicine]
To: Frances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz, 5 September 1915: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold1/July-Dec1915/18
Sunday, Dear Fan, Thank-you so for your nice long letter. Will tells me you are doing some work at Cavendish Sq which I am gl...
[Minnie de Villers & law]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, September 1916: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/60
Llandrindodd Wells, Friday, Thanks for your letter, dear. I am always getting anxious about the boy when I don’t hear f...
[Gladys Cawood driving motor car in France]