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Political Commentaries

The 'Political Commentaries' collection of Olive Schreiner's letters focuses on the more every day aspects of her political observations, concerning elections, the manoeuvrings and activities of particular politicians, discussions of party politics (the Bond, the Progressives, the Liberals and the socialists in Britain). It also covers comments in her letters regarding general political activities and organisations, mainly in South Africa and at times in Britain too.

Many such letters concern South African political life in the period from the 1890 through to 1913, including the re-forming of the political parties in the aftermath of the Jameson Raid, also following 'responsible government', and then again after Union in 1910, but there are many comments too both before and after this time-frame. Schreiner's observations and comments on particular political events are covered in other collections, including those on 'The South African War, 'Union v. Federation' and 'The Great War'.

 

To: Beatrice Webb (nee Potter), April 1888: Beatrice Webb (nee Potter): Passfield/2/1/2/9, Folios 690-693
Roseneath, Harpenden, Herts., Dear Miss Potter, I should like very much to come, but cannot leave my work just now I am bette...
[MP referred to in Pall Mall about money transactions?]
To: William Thomas Stead, 12 July 1890: T120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/8- pages 66-9 & 227-8
Matjesfontein, July 12 / 90, My dear Friend, I must drop you one word to say how very much I am satisfied & pleased with ...
[Rhodes the only big man, otherwise nothing big in Cape political life]
To: William Thomas Stead, August 1891: T120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/50- pages 196-8
O’Callaghan’s, International Hotel,, The Gardens., Cape Town, My dear Friend, I am am giving myself the great ple...
[Introducing James Rose Innes, Cape Attorney General]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 8 August 1891: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.34
My dear Mary, I sent your dress & boots & packet in the portmanteau this morning. I took it down to the station mysel...
[OG glad the Ministry all right]
To: Constance Lytton, 13 February 1893: Lytton 01229/1
Middelburg, Feb 13 / 93, Dear Lady Constance,, I was so glad to hear you had such a good voyage home with “plenty of ro...
[Low political life at Cape, but a man in Eastern Province may 'stand']
To: Elizabeth Loch nee Villiers, 31 October 1893: Lytton 01229/9
Thomson’s Hotel, Middelburg., Oct 31 / 93., Dearest Lady Loch, Today you will get back to Cape Town. I wish so much I c...
[OS concerned about things in the North, if Henry Loch had more power, have you read Cronwright on political ethics?]
To: William Thomas Stead, 3 March 1894: T120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/41- pages 171-172
Krantz Plaats, P.O Halesowen, Cape Colony, March 3 / 94, Dear Friend, I am not quite sure (I have had so many letters to writ...
[Progressive wedding poem for Cronwright]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 13 March 1894: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.70
Beach Hotel , East London , March 13 / 94, My darling Mary,, It's beautiful to think you are back in old Africa again. I hope...
[Cron at Farmers Assoc Congress]
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...
[Henry Loch resigned]
To: Robert Franklin ('Bob') Muirhead, 23 March 1895: MacFarlane-Muirhead/9
[page/s missing] Talk the matter over with him; & see what he thinks., I’m so glad to hear about your little son Bo...
[Cronwright gone to big Congress in Cape Town]
To: Betty Molteno, 24 May 1895: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold2/1895/4
The Homestead , Friday morning, Dear Heart,, Yes, Merriman has made a splendid stand. I have had several very interesting let...
[Merriman & Innes a stand]
To: Jessie Rose Innes nee Dods Pringle, 3 June 1895: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold2/1895/5
The Homestead, May June the 3rd, Dear Jessie, Cron & I were starting this evening for Cape Town have all our things packe...
[Members of the opposition, Hercules Robinson, can't believe colonial papers]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 1 July 1895: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.95
The Homestead, Kimberley, July 1st 1895., Dear sweet old Mary, We got back at midday today, & I am glad to be here again,...
[Cronwright gone to Kimberley to arrange a political meeting]
To: William Thomas Stead, September 1895: T120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/63- pages 243-246
Dear Friend, I am sending you a paper by containing a speech by my husband. It will show you why persons of a liberal or prog...
[George Grey statue, outside parliament, cannot back Rhodes]
To: James Rose Innes, 2 September 1895: James Rose Innes MSC 21/2/1895:33
The Homestead, Aug Sep 2nd 1895, Dear Mr Innes, Do come up. It would be of great benefit to the work we all have at heart: ev...
[Innes, advice to him as politician]
To: John X. Merriman, 1896: John X. Merriman MSC 15/71/4/9
[page/s missing], committee at Home. I enclose a paper copied from one he sent me stating some of the things he had seen. He ...
[Sauer's expenses, Nelson an English MP]
To: Jessie Rose Innes nee Dods Pringle, 16 January 1896: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold3/1896/4
Middelburg, Jan 16 / 95, I got your letter today, dear, & was so glad of its news. No progressive party has been possible...
[Innes stand alone, with gather a small but stong party]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 6 February 1896: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.99
Middelburg, Ja Feb 6 / 96, Darling Mary , I don't know why I've been thinking so much of you the last days. Last night in the...
[Letters in Cape Times on Sauer & Hofmeyr, Rhodes & Cape Parliament?]
To: Jessie Rose Innes nee Dods Pringle, 6 March 1896: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold3/1896/9
The Homestead, March 6 / 96, My dear Jessy, I see from the papers Mr Innes is off to Johannesburg. I wish he was coming here....
[Excitement, gun running can forgive Sauer]
To: John X. Merriman, 5 May 1896: John X. Merriman MSC 15/71/4/1
May 5 / 96, Dear Mr Merriman , Thank you for your letter. I should like to answer at length your interesting criticisms, but ...
[Merriman's motion &must pull together, he should be Minister of Public Works]
To: John X. Merriman, 25 May 1896: John X. Merriman MSC 15/71/4/2
The Homestead , May 25 / 96, Dear Mr Merriman , Thank you for your letter. Your speech was without any doubt the most brillia...
[Cape Parliament, the Bond, throwing natives to retrogressives]
To: Jessie Rose Innes nee Dods Pringle, July 1896: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold3/1896/20
Dear Jessy, I hope you had a real good time in Pretoria. I’m wishing I could see you; I don’t like letter writing...
[Innes making splendid stand, wich he could support Merriman]
To: Jessie Rose Innes nee Dods Pringle, 2 July 1896: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold3/1896/18
July 2nd 1896, Dear Jessie, I have just heard in a most round about way through a friend of Cron’s in Johannesburg that...
[Cronwright reading political paper to Cradock farmers]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, September 1896: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.106
Strictly Private. Is your arm quite strong? , My darling Mary , No, there has been nothing wrong with my womb, I am sure! Eac...
[Sauer & the Bond vote, keeping Rhodes out]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 11 February 1897: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.108
19 Russell Rd , Kensington , Feb 11 / 97, Dear Mary, It was such a disappointment to me that you were gone when I came; we mu...
[Letter about Sauer in Cape Times, leading men support each other, 'Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland']
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 3 April 1897: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.109
Grand Hotel , Alassio, Riviera, Italy, April 3rd 1897, Darling Mary , I was so glad to get your letter. It was a misfortune t...
[South African affairs, Boner & Newton came out miserably]
To: John X. Merriman, September 1897: John X. Merriman MSC 15/71/4/6
Highstead, Rondebosch, Tuesday, Dear Mr Merriman , I got your note last night. It was very good of you & Mrs Merriman to ...
[Don't stand off from the Governor & leave him to Sievewright and Co]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 11 October 1897: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.112
The Homestead , Oct. 11 / 97, My darling Mary,, I am thinking of you so often. I wish you lived here where I could see you ev...
[Barkley division, bribery]
To: John X. Merriman, 21 November 1897: John X. Merriman MSC 15/71/4/4
Nov 21st 1897 , Dear Mr Merriman , If we could only get all the people to bear witness in court to what they know & tell ...
[Conrwall great wigging, Barkly West, Rhodes and De Beers, political bribary]
To: John X. Merriman, 5 December 1897: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1897:57
The Homestead, Kimberley, Dec 5 / 97, Dear Mr Merriman , Yes, we must lose the case & pay costs & damages. But does t...
[De Beers, made Cornwall Mayor of Kimberley]
To: John X. Merriman, 17 December 1897: John X. Merriman MSC 15/71/4/5
The Homestead, , December 17 / 97, Dear Mr Merriman , I am as sick of the word progressive as you can be; as sick as a sheep...
[Sick of the word progressive]
To: John X. Merriman, 9 February 1898: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1898:8
Feb 9 / 98, My dear Mr Merriman , I was indeed sorry to receive your letter which confirmed the bad news with regard to your ...
[Bad news re election, politics sad & depressing]
To: Betty Molteno, 30 March 1898: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/5
Wednesday , Dear Friend, The Doctor won’t let me go near the coast, so we are going up to Johannesburg to stay with the...
[See Oom Paul in Pretoria, go to Amajuba too]
To: Betty Molteno, 31 March 1898: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/6
Dear Friend, Your wire adds to my disappointment. I did, & do long so for the Kowie, & the big waves, & the sand....
[Merriman compliments Will Schreiner's speech regarding Hofmeyr]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 21 April 1898: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.119
The Homestead, April 21st 1898, My darling Mary, I have just returned today from Johannesburg where we have spent a most deli...
[Sauer's speech in Midland News]
To: Betty Molteno, 17 May 1898: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/8
May 17 / 98, You will be wondering, dear friend, why I have not written before, but Cron’s dear old mother has been spe...
[The Liberal Party at home [Britain]]
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...
[OO opposed to the redistribution bill as supports adult suffrage, no fancy suffrage disenfranchising people]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 3 July 1898: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.120
July 3rd 1898, My darling Mary, I would indeed be lovely if you could all come up. Can't you manage it. The weather is still ...
[Barkly West election, bribes & the ballot]
To: Frances ('Fan') Schreiner nee Reitz, 13 August 1898: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/16
The Homestead , Aug 13th 1898, Dear Fan, Thanks for thy letter. I hope you are all keeping fit, & trying no more nice com...
[The De Beers set, the election business]
To: Betty Molteno, 22 August 1898: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/18
My dear Friend, I am very ill, I seem to have no life left & can do nothing. The doctor says is only my heart; but I beli...
[Your brothers & Merriman sure to get in]
To: Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 22 August 1898: Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.121
The Homestead , Aug 22nd 1898, Dear Mary, It's just possible I may be coming down in Cape Town soon, as the doctor has ordere...
[Sure of Sauer's victory, Crews supporters down spirited]
To: Betty Molteno, 28 August 1898: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/21
The Homestead , Aug 28th 1898, Dear Friend, I would have left this morning, but did not feel well enough. Now Cron thinks he ...
[James Molteno election campaign Fryburg]
To: Betty Molteno, 1 September 1898: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/22
Dear Friend, I saw Dick Solomon last night, & he tells me your brother has failed in Tembu-land. It was a terrible blow t...
[Richrd Solomon says your brother failed in Tembuland]
To: Betty Molteno, 14 September 1898: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/25
The Homestead, Wednesday , Dear Friend, I got much worse on the way up & at Cawoods began spitting blood, so I came stra ...
[An action against Rhodes for libel]
To: Betty Molteno, 17 September 1898: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/26
The Homestead, Friday, Dear Friend, I was up all night but feel wonderfully better this morning. Quite like writing a book!!, ...
[Fryburg, dead men who voted double]
To: William Thomas Stead, October 1898: T120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/56- pages 221-222
Dear Friend, I have not been able to get your last pamphlet as they are carefuly excluded from the book stall here, can you s...
[Cape ministry goading colonists into war]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, October 1898: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box 12/Fold1/Undated/13
J Box 2, Johannesburg, Friday., Dear Laddie, It has not been because you have not always been in my thoughts that I have not ...
[Innes a splendid part, the Barkly petition]
To: Betty Molteno, 16 October 1898: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/34
Box 2 Johannesburg, Dear Friend,, Yes isn’t the news comforting. It seems to ease even physical pain. I know my dear La...
[Good news about the Governor disgusted with Rhodes & Sprigg]
To: Betty Molteno and Alice Greene, 22 October 1898: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/36
Address Box 2, Johannesburg, Dear Friends, Cron arrives tomorrow. He is going to try & enter a solicitor’s office, ...
[Will Schreiner went into government against Rhodes' will]
To: Frances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz, 5 November 1898: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/39
Dounan’s House, Hospital Hill, Johannesburg , Nov 5th 1898, Dear Fan, I went down today to Maggie Coopers & saw her...
[Will Schreiner & his party must keep in or it will strengthen Rhodes]
To: Betty Molteno, 10 November 1898: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/41
Dounan’s House, Hospital Hill, Johannesburg, Nov 10th 1898, Dear Friend, I am sending you a note from John X (private, ...
[If only the liberals stand together, public feeling in Cape Town]
To: Betty Molteno, 9 January 1899: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold1/Jan-June1899/3
Monday , Jan 9th 1899, Dear Friend, I have just seen from the paper that Rhodes has got off! What does Cape Town think of the...
[Rhodes got off, his election]
To: John X. Merriman, 17 March 1899: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1899:113
Hell, March 17 / 99, Dear Mr Merriman , You will perceive from the superscription above that I am still in Johannesburg. I ha...
[Success at Stellenbosch]
To: Betty Molteno, 3 April 1899: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold1/Jan-June1899/11
Isn’t it splendid about the Stellenbosch election? I have so much I would like to say about so many things, but I don’...
[Stellenbosch election]
To: Betty Molteno, 19 April 1899: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold1/Jan-June1899/15
2 Primrose Terrace, Berea Estate, April 19th, Dear Friend, We are filled with delight at the news received this morning of yo...
[Any news of Port Elizabeth election]
To: Betty Molteno, 24 April 1899: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold1/Jan-June1899/17
2 Primrose Terrace , Berea Estate, Johannesburg , April 24th 1899, My dear Friend, I was so glad to get your letter. I hope y...
[Sauer's action stopping special train]
To: Betty Molteno, 17 May 1899: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold1/Jan-June1899/20
Dear Friend, We are passing through strange & troublous times. I am trying to get an article on the political situation f...
['The Political Situation' being written, intrigues]
To: Isie Smuts nee Krige, June 1899: Smuts A1/186/80
Box 406 , Johannesburg , Dear Mrs Smuts , Thank you very much for your letter, & the book. I began reading it last night ...
[Cronwright & a newspaper, politics & Reformers]
To: Jan Smuts, 7 June 1899: Smuts A1/186/81
Box 406, Johannesburg , Monday, Dear Mr Smuts, I am coming to Pretoria for the day on Friday bringing over two cousins of my ...
[Jan Smutsbusy with Raad sitting]
To: Jan Smuts, 13 June 1899: Smuts A1/186/82
2 Primrose Terrace, Box 406, Johannesburg , June 13th 1899., Dear Mr Smuts , I am going to Paarde Kraal on Saturday as I want...
[OS feels hopeless about Milner, Vessel's paper did harm]
To: Betty Molteno, 5 August 1899: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold2/July-Dec1899/15
Dear Friend, I thought Sauers defence splendid & triumphant. I am also much please with Merriman’s till land tax bi...
[Merriman & the land tax bill, how are things in Pretoria]
To: Betty Molteno, 11 September 1899: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold2/July-Dec1899/25
Dear Friend, Miss Green’s article was splendid warm & from the heart, & yet restrained. I wish she would write ...
[Did you see Milner, now Garrett is gone]
To: Alice Greene, 12 September 1899: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold2/July-Dec1899/27
Sep 12th 1899, Did you see that the Standard & Diggers News of the 4th of Aug took over the whole of your letter about Bu...
[The fine taxation bill thrown out]
To: Betty Molteno, 1 January 1900: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/1
Dear Friend , I send you a lovely poem of dear old Jackson Millers, sent me from America. Your letter astonished me, dear. Wh...
[Cronwright going to England, he can enlighten about two great facts]
To: Frances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz, May 1900: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/29
Dear Fan, Cron writes me he sent photographs of himself for me to your care the week before last. week Did you get them. Plea...
[What are the politicians about, rumour Will Schreiner favours annexation]
To: Frances ('Fan') Schreiner nee Reitz, June 1900: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/33
Private , Dear Fan,, I enclose part of Cron’s last letter. Please return it carefully when read as I want to keep it. I...
[I wrote to Merriman & Saue about Sivewrightr, show Will Schreiner]
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 ...
[Ministry is out, women couldn't have made a greater mess of this country]
To: Betty Molteno, 17 June 1900: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/34
Wagenaars Kraal, Three Sisters, June 17 / 00, Dear Friend, I have just got your letter, I am leaving for Beaufort West next T...
[Trying to get Sivewright back, is Hofmeyr, has no heart]
To: Betty Molteno, 30 July 1900: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/40
R c/o Rev Peplar, Leeuwendal , off wordspace St, Kloo Cape Town, Saturday morning, Dear Friend, I have got a beautiful room ...
[Merriman fine speech, sauer & Crene]
To: Betty Molteno, 22 September 1900: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/49
Hanover, Sep 22nd Sunday, Dear Friend, I hope you are off to Caledon soon. I fancy the politicians will be rather relieved at...
[Rhodes not the man to help them]
To: Betty Molteno, 1 October 1900: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/53
Hanover, Oct 1st 1900, My dear Friend, I’m so thankful to hear Miss Greene is better. I wish she would try Fellow’...
[I fancy Rhodes knew his man by this time]
To: Betty Molteno and Alice Greene, 23 October 1900: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/62
Hanover, Oct 23 / 00, Dear Friends, I got a nice letter from old John X today. Do you know whether this movement of the Uitla...
[Is the movement of the uitlanders committee real?]
To: Betty Molteno, 18 April 1901: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold4/1901/29
Hanover, Thursday , Dear Friend, The clothes will be most useful. If Mrs Molteno will send them I will pay the postage out of...
[Attack on Sauer because of his colour[is part Dutch]]
To: Frances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz, 12 October 1902: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold1/1902/28
Hanover, Oct 12 / 02, My dear Fan, I shall probably leave this for Cape Town on the 24th or 25th of this month. If the weathe...
[Venter opposing Cronwright asSouth Africa Party, delegates instructions]
To: Isie Smuts nee Krige, November 1902: Smuts A1/187/95
Hanover , Monday., Dear Isie , I was so glad to get your letter this morning. No my heart is not at rest about Boy Pienaar. H...
[Cronwright safe, Africander Party chosen him]
To: Frances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz, November 1902: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold1/1902/30
In the train. , It was so sweet of you dear, to come to say good bye to me. I’ve been very bad the last days or would h...
[War Compensation Committee]
To: Isie Smuts nee Krige, 28 June 1903: Smuts A1/187/99
P.O. Uitkÿk, near Frasersburg Rd, Cape Colony, June 28 / 03., Dear Isie, Thankyou for your long letter & the pleasan...
[Old Bond is stick in the mud of organisation]
To: Betty Molteno, 25 September 1903: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold2/1903/19
Hanover, Sep 25 / 03, My darling Friend, I’m so glad its nice at your brothers farm. The climate here is quite perfect ...
[Party leaders don't want Cronwright to stand, keeping seat]
To: Betty Molteno, 4 October 1903: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold2/1903/21
Hanover, Oct 4 / 03, My darling Friend, Thank you for your card. I have got such wonderful photographs of my little mother so...
[Not the slightest chance for Le Roux in the seat Cronwright standing for]
To: Isie Smuts nee Krige, 22 October 1903: Smuts A1/187/99B
Hanover, Oct 22nd 1903, Dear Isie , Its very funny that just this morning as I was thinking that as soon as I’d put the...
[Some talk of Cronwright standing for Beaufort West]
To: Henrietta ('Ettie') Schreiner m. Stakesby Lewis (1891), 12 November 1903: Schreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/71
Nov 12 / 03, My darling, I am so sorry about the sweet old eyes. You know when I was in Town I didn’t like the look of ...
[Cronwright may stand in Prince Albert]
To: Isie Smuts nee Krige, 12 February 1904: Smuts A1/188/62
Hanover, Feb 12 / 04, Dear Isie, I was so glad this morning to get the really beautiful photo of you three. It’s so goo...
[Cronwright electioneering in Beaufort West]
To: John X. Merriman, 13 February 1904: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1904:55
Hanover, Feb 13 / 04, Dear Mr Merriman, My Husband has just sent me up a note from the office "Merriman, ?Nevel, Sauer & ...
[Merriman, Nevel, Sauer defeated]
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...
[Consternation Merriman not in parliament, women's enfranchisement, Boer women stiffened back of Bonds men]
To: Isie Smuts nee Krige, 22 February 1904: Smuts A1/188/63
Feb 22 / 04, Dear Isie, I am leaving this on the 1st for Cape Town. Cron is going down to parliament & I am going down wi...
[Cronwright to Parliament, many of our people disspirited]
To: Betty Molteno, 4 July 1904: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold3/1904/23
Hanover, July 4 / 04, Darling Friend, Your post card made me so glad today. I hope Caledon will go on being so restful & ...
[Now have accepted people have forgotten the war easier, ready for 'conciliation' ]
To: Betty Molteno, 20 July 1904: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold3/1904/28
Hanover, Wednesday, Dearest Friend, I got the letter this morning. I fear you are very very unwell, & I am in a way sorry...
[Le Roux now Cronwright's bitterest enemy]
To: Isie Smuts nee Krige, 3 September 1904: Smuts A1/188/66
Hanover , September 3rd 1904, Dear Isie , Just the day after the beautiful fruit arrived I had to start off on a long journey...
[Jameson & his party are in power now: they are wonderful educators]
To: Betty Molteno, 19 November 1904: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold3/1904/31
Saturday night, My dear Friend, I am so glad you are going to England. This old country is too sad for one who has felt all a...
[Botha's speech on Oom Paul very good]
To: Betty Molteno, 26 December 1904: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold3/1904/59
Hanover, Dec 26 / 04, My dear Friend, I can’t remember whether I gave Miss Greene Alice Corthorn’s address, 30 St...
[South Africa Party take up Logan & Sivewright]
To: Alice Greene, 8 February 1905: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold4/1905/5
Hanover , Feb 8 / 05, Darling Friend, I am sitting alone in the new room, that wasn’t finished when you were here. Cron...
[OS joining Democratic Federation in Cape Town]
To: John X. Merriman, 15 May 1905: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1905:76
Eastbergholt , Tambour's Kloof Rd, May 15th / 05, Dear Mr Merriman, No, it was not Mrs Van Heerden I inquired about but ?our ...
[Our political world if you lost, Jameson and Milner carried on fine process of education]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 24 June 1905: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold4/1905/22
Hanover, June 24 / 05, My dear Laddie, I don’t suppose you will want to be troubled with letters on your wanderings. Yo...
[Lively end of session in Cape Town, the Progressives]
To: Betty Molteno, 24 August 1905: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold4/1905/32
Hanover, Aug 24 / 05, My dear Friend, I like to think you & Miss Greene are now wandering away some where in Switzerland ...
[The war is passed, dead for ever, everyone to their old ruts]
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...
[Butler, Grey, Merriman's speeches, women's enfranchisement vote]
To: Alice Greene, 18 January 1906: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold5/1906/1
Hanover, Jan 18th 1906, Dear Friend, When is that long letter coming that you promised me. Yes, I have always had the feeling...
[An entire reshuffle is on the cards & a new party formed]
To: Isie Smuts nee Krige, 12 March 1906: Smuts A1/189/77
Hanover, March 12 / 06, My dear Isie, I was so sorry I was not able to go & meet Neef Jan at Hanover Rd when he passed. I...
[Cronwright visiting his constituents at Beaufort West, Prince Albert, & Laingsberg & OS going with him]
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 Uitenhage sound on woman question]
To: Betty Molteno, 8 May 1906: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold5/1906/7
Cronwright-Schreiner & Meyer, Law and Estate Agents., Auctioneers, &c,, Hanover and De Aar, Cronwright-Schreiner,, La...
[Boer top dog now, OS fear is slaughtering the natives]
To: Robert Franklin ('Bob') Muirhead, 8 May 1906: MacFarlane-Muirhead/18
Cronwright-Schreiner & Meyer , Law and Estate Agents. , Auctioneers, &c, Hanover and De Aar , Cronwright-Schreiner, L...
[Cronwright to Parliament in Cape Town, OS going]
To: Isie Smuts nee Krige, 24 May 1906: Smuts A1/189/78
Hadden Hall, Tamboer’s Kloof, May 24th 1906, Dear Isie , I got here yesterday & found your letter here sent on from...
[If South Africa Party comes in on such a small majority it will have to play down to the capitalistic & other elements]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, June 1906: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/25
[page/s missing], 2, see any one since I came except Dorothy van Zÿl; & would rise from the dead to help any one who...
[Keep clear of that scoundrel Crewe]
To: John X. Merriman, 26 February 1907: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1907:16
Hanover , Feb 26th 1907, Dear Mr Merriman, I am so delighted that Solomon has not got in. it's the finest thing about the ele...
[Richard Solomon not got in, can't forgive his disertion, can't be trusted]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 30 March 1907: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/7
Dear Laddy, Please post the enclosed to Con Lytton read it. My sweet girl Adela was so terribly disappointed at not seeing yo...
[Jameson will dissolve parliament, election on the old register, the Governor shouldn't allow it]
To: John X. Merriman, 2 August 1907: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1907:91
Rossyvera , Norfolk Rd , Sea Point, Ju Aug 2nd 1907, My dear Mr Merriman, I was indeed very sorry that I was out when you cal...
[If last job on earth politician, OS wouldn't take it; though many women fitted, the introduction of the personal element]
To: Frances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz, 14 October 1907: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/27
de Aar, Oct 14th 1907, My dear Fan, I think your birth day is on the 20th; I know its near & I wish my darling little sis...
[Will Schreiner to stand for Queenstown?]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 30 November 1907: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/31
Hanover, Nov 30th 1907, My dear old Man, Let me know when there is any chance of seeing you on your way to Queenstown; there ...
[Cronwright a nasty blow Beaufort West]
To: Ursula Schreiner, 4 December 1907: W.P. Schreiner BC112/B31/13
Box 24, de Aar, Dec 4th 1907, How are you all getting on, darling? We are flourishing here because we had half an inch of rai...
[Quite sure Will Schreiner will be returned for Queens Town]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 21 December 1907: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/35
De Aar, Dec 21st 1907, Dear Laddie, We leave on the 26th for Hanover to see about packing things & trying to let or sell ...
[A split in the South Africa Party soon]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/26
De Aar, Sep 3rd 1908, Dear Laddie, I had rather an interesting talk the night before last with an old friend of mine, an Engl...
[An interesting talk about Sprigg, Crewe etc]
To: Edward Carpenter, 1908: Olive Schreiner: Edward Carpenter SMD 30/32/f
Dear old Edward, I like Kokoro more than any book I've read for a long time. Have you read "the Souls of Black Folks" I advis...
[Is there going to be a forwards movement in England? Butler among public men in South Africa]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, January 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/34
Cronwright-Schreiner & Co., Law, Estate & General Agents:, Auctioneers;, Sworn Appraisers, P.O. Box 24, De Aar, C.C., ...
[Cronwright public meeting last night]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 9 February 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/6
Box 24, de Aar, Feb 9th 1908, Dear Laddie, I’m so glad our Bill has passed. Congratulations. I suppose you didn’t...
[Cronwright head of Bond's nominations]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 17 February 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/8
De Aar, Feb 17 / 08, My dear Laddie, I don’t think you know how you are always in my thoughts. One reason why I am so a...
[South Africa Pparty curious game in Beaufort]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 26 February 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/10
Wednesday morning, Dear Laddie, Dear old Kier Hardie is with us he leaves tonight for Cape Town staying at the Royal Hotel Pl...
[Will Berry get n, people say Will Schreiner may top poll in Queenstown]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 6 March 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/11
Friday the 6th March, Dear Laddie , I enclose you a bit of Naude’s to me; destroy., I am so distressed about the old th...
[The year after next a great break up of parties]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 21 March 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/13
Matjesfontein, March 21st 1908, My dear Laddie, I wonder how things are going with you. I had a long letter from Naude this w...
[Cronright & the other Bond Candidate]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 24 March 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/15
March 24th 1908, Thanks for wire, dear old man. I only want to live many years more if I can work, if not I’d rather di...
[Molteno next speaker, an open secret]
To: Frances (?Fan?) Schreiner nee Reitz, 27 March 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/16
Matjesfontein, March 27 / 08, My dear old Sister, It was a pleasant surprise to get your letter. I had a very happy though qu...
[Elections, the South Africa Party]
To: William Philip (Will') Schreiner, April 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/19
Dear Laddie, Joy at your election in the one little bit of light that has got in to me through a long time of physical pain, ...
[Your election one bit of light]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 10 May 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/29
Sunday afternoon , 10 May 1908 , Dear Laddie, I was glad to see thy handwriting. Yesterday afternoon the servant came in with...
[Jan Smuts always spoke kindly Will Schreiner]
To: Alys Pearsall Smith m. Russell (1894), 4 September 1908: Autograph Letters Collection: Alys Pearsall Smith ALC/7/3/15
Cape Town, Sep 4 / 08, Dear Alys Smith , I’ve always put off writing to you because I’ve wanted to write you a re...
[Bertrand Russell standing for election in Britain]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 16 September 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/32
Dear Laddie, Welcome back. Your visit on the whole, seems to me to have been distinctly successful: though of course everyone...
[Bond will turn Merriman out]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 21 November 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/64
de Aar, Nov 21st 1908 , My dear old Laddie, I got the paper today sent me by Miss Colenso with your photo, & Dinizulus; &...
[Smuts & Botha pleased with how it's going]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 28 December 1908: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/72
Hotel Milner, Matjesfontein, Cape Colony, My dear Laddie, I wonder where you & the boys have spent Xmas. I hope it has be...
[Hofmeyr professing federation]
To: Francois Stephanus ('FS') Malan, 6 January 1909: Olive Schreiner: F.S. Malan 1000/7
Hotel Milner, Matjiesfontein, Cape Colony, Jan 6 1909, My dear F.S. Malan , Thank-you for your letter. I wanted to sit down &...
[Need a central point to rally round, a small strong united enlightened party]
To: Frances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz, 10 March 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/18
Matjesfontein, Wednesday, My dear old sister, I hope you get your glasses all right. I couldn’t anywhere find a good bo...
[Reports of Will Schreiner's speeches]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 9 April 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/20
Good Friday morn, My dear Laddie, I’ve just made a little allegory, in bed this morning. It came to me the minute I ope...
[Scene in the Housewas contemptible, squirmed & lied, the future watching them]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 24 April 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/22
de Aar, April 24 / 09, My dear Laddie, I wonder how the world goes with you. You did splendid work this session. May your fee...
[How long will parliament sit]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 30 April 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/23
de Aar, April 30th 1909, Dear Laddie, I send you a letter from Adela, who says you sent her a box of grapes, for which she is...
[Malan & Hofmeyr fell out]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 12 July 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/34
De Aar, July 12th 1909, Dear Laddie, My thoughts are always with you I am only so sorry that being so busy you won’t ha...
[Meet OS old friend Charles Dilke in London, should have been Prime Minister]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 16 July 1909: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/35
De Aar, 16 July 1909, Dear Laddie, I was glad to get your letter from Maderia, & find the voyage had been pleasant to you...
[If Will Schreiner had given the politicians notice, slow thinking men]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 30 July 1909: W.P. Schreiner MSC 27/564
"Leeuwendal", off De Lorenz St , Cape Town, Dear Will, Could you see that the old man at the door of the Parliament House has...
[Man at door of Parliament House]
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 ...
[Wanted your husband in Provincial council because of education question]
To: Agnes Merriman nee Vintcent, 8 February 1910: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1910:16
Rocklands , Beach Road , Sea Point, Feb 8th 1910, Dear Mrs Merriman, I hope you understood I was not able to call on you befo...
[Merriman's speech at Worcester, finest he's made in years]
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...
[Cronwright standing again for Beaufort West]
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...
[Sorry HaldaneMurray did not get into parliament, want paper to see account of Will Schreiner's and Ruth Alexander's speeches]
To: Isie Smuts nee Krige, 15 October 1910: Smuts A1/193/85
De Aar , Oct 15th 1910, My dear Isie , I feel I want to write to you today. I never wrote Neef Jan to congratulate him on his...
[Opening of parliament, hope Hull will get in]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 17 October 1910: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold3/1910/19
De Aar, Monday, Dear old Man, I’m glad you are a senator – they could hardly do less. Moor is a fine man to have ...
[Glad you are a senator, Moor also represents natives]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 25 October 1910: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold3/1910/22
De Aar, Oct 25th 1910, My dear old Pal, I haven’t written to you much of late because I’ve not been up to writing...
[The parties will split, they [Botha & Smuts] are turning best men out of the service]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 11 January 1911: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold4/1911/1
Portlock, nr. Graaff Reinet, Jan 11 / 11, My dear old Chum, I don’t know why you’ve been so in my mind of late, t...
[That million spent unauthorised in Pretoria]
To: John X. Merriman, 3 May 1911: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1911:44
De Aar, Ap May 3rd 1911, Dear Mr Merriman, Thanks for your letter. I have not seen the article in the "Economist" you mention...
[OS no admirer of party government, the blind forces of ignorance & greed]
To: John X. Merriman, 12 May 1911: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1911:48
De Aar, May 12 / 11 , Dear Mr Merriman, Pray don't trouble about the Economist. I thought you took it & might have it lyi...
[Proportional representation would tend to set things right]
To: John X. Merriman, 1912: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1912:209
Alexandra Hotel , Muizenberg, Tuesday 1912, Dear Mr Merriman, I wonder if you will think I am taking a great liberty if you a...
[Will Merriman tell OS when he speaks in Parliament]
To: Agnes Merriman nee Vintcent, 1912: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1912:211
De Aar, Tues-day, Dear Mrs Merriman, Many thanks for your letter I have written for the price lists, We live largely on dried...
[Not surprised by Sauer's action, OS never surprised by what politicians do]
To: John X. Merriman, 1912: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1912:208
Grand Hotel,, Muizenberg, Saturday night., Dear Mr Merriman, I hope you are feeling fit & strong for the cession It was n...
[Hertzog & Tatham's speeches, Tatham mad, Hertzog to keep silent but OS doubts it]
To: Patrick Duncan, May 1912: Patrick Duncan BC 294/D1.33.1
de Aar, Sunday night, Dear Mr Duncan, Thank you for your letter. I’m so glad you think you’ll be able break your ...
[Give the Botha ministry two years]
To: Isie Smuts nee Krige, 20 June 1912: Smuts A1/194/10/55
de Aar, Monday, Dear Isie, Thank you very much for your letter. I am back again at de Aar, feeling the sudden rise of 4000 fe...
[Sorry Hull has left the Ministry, also sorry if Sauer leaves, a curious jumble & break up of the parties]
To: Havelock Ellis, 30 June 1912: Olive Schreiner: Havelock Ellis 2006.29/5
De Aar, June 30th 1912, Dear old Boy, Thanks for your letter. Of course each person's "diary works" (I mean simple, spontaneo...
[Sauer and Burton; Hertzog the most bigoted narrow hater put in as minister of native affairs, bill for forced conscription]
To: John X. Merriman, 2 July 1912: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1912:122
De Aar, July 2nd 1912, Dear Mr Merriman, It would be impossible for me to tell you the depression I felt when I heard Hertzog...
[Hertzog appointed Minister for Native Affairs]
To: Isie Smuts nee Krige, 6 July 1912: Smuts A1/194/10/56
de Aar, July 6th 1912 , Dear Isie , Could you send me Miss Hobhouse’s address as soon as you can. I have never written ...
[Civil war in this country, Jan Smuts does not see far enough]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 13 August 1912: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/37
De Aar, Aug 13th 1912, Dear Laddie, Thanks much for the penguin eggs, much enjoyed for supper this evening by us both. , I ho...
[OS never disappointed in politicians]
To: John X. Merriman, 22 October 1912: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1912:164
de Aar, Oct 22nd 1912, Dear Mr Merriman, It's strange how often it happens that just when you are going to write to a friend ...
[Suppose Sauer will soon be out, can't afford to lose him altogether]
To: John X. Merriman, 20 November 1912: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1912:191
De Aar, Novem 20th 1912, Dear Mr Merriman, Many thanks for the booklet. It is Interesting., I am leaving for Cape Town tomorr...
[Hope Fitchat will get in for Grahamstown, want a few independents in house]
To: Isie Smuts nee Krige, 16 December 1912: Smuts A1/194/10/64
Newlands, Dec 16th 1912, Isie dear,, It is indeed a terrible trouble that has overtaken you all. For the parents it must be a...
[News of the trouble in the ministry, is said Smuts is the man & must be at the centre, Hertzog personal & narrow]
To: John X. Merriman, 1913: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1913:72
De Aar, Sunday, Dear Mr Merriman, Though I only posted my note to you this morning I must add a line to tell you how delighte...
[Botha on Kruger in bad taste, OS dislikes Hertzog narrow racialism]
To: Aletta Jacobs, 21 January 1913: Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/281
Address -- to --, De Aar, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, Jan 21st 1913, Dear Dr Jacobs, It was a great pleasure to me to ge...
[OS hopes a more liberal ministry in Holland]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, April 1913: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/42
Saturday, Oh Will my dear dear Laddie, Do go to Europe for a holiday & to take the Nauheim treatment this year. You don’...
[Great things happening in Cape Town, Progressives, labourites, Hertzogites]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 3 May 1913: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/16
De Aar, Apr May 3rd 1913, Dear Laddie , Please let me know when Fan passes here. The weather is lovely now & the veld fin...
[Botha & Jan Smuts in saddle, wheels within wheels]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 28 May 1913: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/22
Dear Laddie, Thanks for the letter. He seems a "good old sort." As for me I’m so weary with the so called Liberal Gover...
[Weary so called Liberal government in Britain]
To: John X. Merriman, June 1913: John X. Merriman MSC 15/1913:71
De Aar, Wednesday., Dear Mr Merriman, I thought your speech on the Native Bill very fine, but oh if you could have seen your ...
[Oh if you had voted against the Natives Land Bill, purely racial parties that exist at present]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 4 June 1913: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/24
De Aar, June 4th 1913, Dear Laddie, I was glad to see in the Times I got yesterday that you had won your big case at Bloemfon...
[Wishes Sauer & Merriman in opposition, their brilliant gifts now lost]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 17 July 1913: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/28
Thursday , Dear Laddie, Thank you much for your letter. You don’t know what a few words of greeting to me on the road a...
[A new era has opened, Smuts & Botha call in British troops]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 9 August 1913: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/31
De Aar, Monday , Dear Laddie, You may like to look at the enclosed as I know your old heart likes to know how people love &...
[Cronwright asked to sit on the Railway Commission]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 26 August 1913: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/34
Dear old man, Ursie writes me that you are going to Bloemfontein soon. Couldn’t you possibly spend a few days with us? ...
[Cronwright won't have a chance against against Patrick Duncan]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 14 September 1913: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/38
Saturday, My dear old Boy, It was nice to have a peep at you. Please tell me know just when you pass here. I hope its gone we...
[Cronwright withdrawn the Railway Commission in favour of Postma]
To: Isie Smuts nee Krige, 18 October 1913: Smuts A1/195/48
de Aar, Oct 18th 1913, Dear Isie, You may like to know what my friend Mrs Purcell says about Emily Hobhouse. I am so thankful...
[Gladstone should be recalled, except Jan Smuts & Malan you have no men of great ability in this ministry]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 30 January 1914: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold3/1914/5
Le Grand Hotel et D’Alassio, Alassio, Riviera, Italie, Jan 30 / 14, My dear Laddie, I wonder how things are going with ...
[Smuts Botha position strengthened]
To: William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 6 February 1914: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold3/1914/7
Alassio, Italy, Feb 6th 1914, Dear Boy, I much wish to know what you feel about Cape matters. , The paper this morning said y...
[The men untried, Czar-like action overruling law & order, Smuts ambition]
To: Edward Carpenter, 4 January 1915: Olive Schreiner: Edward Carpenter SMD 30/32/ri
Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel, De Vere Gardens, W., Dear Edward, Lady Low came to see me & I dined with her last...
[Labour men standing out well, Cronwright member of Labour Party]
To: Betty Molteno, 28 July 1915: Olive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold1/July-Dec1915/5
Wednesday, Trevaldwyn, Llandrindod Wells., Dear Betty, Here I am sitting in May’s pretty little drawing-room. I got her...
[Botha Smuts party & the next election]
To: Ruth Alexander nee Schechter, 15 August 1915: Olive Schreiner: Ruth Alexander MSC 26/2.1.7
Llandrindod Wells, Wales, Sunday., My dear Ruth, Yes send me any poems you write & I'll tell you really what I think of t...
[Election at Cape]
To: Jan Smuts, 1918: Smuts A1/204/148
9 Porchester Place , Edgware Road, Saturday , Dear Jan,, I’ve been feeling a little unhappy about you. You know if ever...
[Milner, OS against him being turned out on basis of nationality, sorrow of life OS can't work with him in public matters]
To: Anna Purcell nee Cambier Faure, 24 March 1920: Anna Purcell MSB 386/2.19
March 24th 1920, My darling Anna, I can't wish you many happy returns of this day. It will be a sad one for you, & yet it...
[Lord Lytton as Cape Governor?]
To: Ruth Alexander nee Schechter, 12 May 1920: Olive Schreiner: Ruth Alexander MSC 26/2.1.15
9 Porchester Place, Edgware Rd, May 12th 1920, My darling Ruth, It was a joy to get your letter from Madeira. When you went I...
[English liberals have taken up them trying to load ships with guns to fight Russian Republic]
To: S.C. ('Cron') Cronwright-Schreiner, 9 December 1920: Olive Schreiner: S.C. Cronwright-Schreiner SMD 30/33/k
Dec 9th 1920, My Pal,, I hope you have been able to get out of the London fog soon. They are choaking. I shall love to think ...
[Many old South Africa Party members will join Nationalists]