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Henderson Collection, Cory Library



A. CLASSIFYING INFORMATION

Letter date        [25 April 1913]
Address From  [De Aar, Northern Cape]
Address To      []
Who to             [James Henderson]



B. EDITED COLLECTION

Editor               []



C. ARCHIVE COLLECTION REFERENCE

Archive name         [Cory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown]
Archive Ref 1         [Cory, PR 3777/1]



De Aar
April 25th 1913

Dear Mr Henderson

I trust you will not be too much astonished at the liberty I am taking in writing to ask a favour of you.

I am suffering from a serious internal complaint & shall probably soon have to undergo an operation. I feel that they only thing I could eat is the real Kaffir fermented milk. I know of no one in or near Kaffir land to whom I could write to order it. Would you forgive me if I were to ask you if you could tell me of any one in Alice through whom I could order a Kaffir Kalabash with one in use by the Kaffirs with the right ferment in it? I would be willing to pay any price for it, I know the Kaffirs do not care to sell a ripe Kalabash that has been in daily use & is well seasoned.

It must not be washed but a the germs & a little drop of fresh milk left in, in that case it would not burst & arrive here quite fresh as it only takes 12 hours from Alice to De Aar. If the person who sent it would kindly ?nail it up a ^small ?soap^ box, with a small opening, I nor & would let me know just when it would arrive I would see it was met at the station.

Nothing but my great necessity gives me the courage to make this request. I have a friend in Fort Beaufort but now know of on one whom I can ask to help me. I would gladly pay for the carriage here when it arrives, & would also be glad to pay any price to the person who took the trouble of finding it.

I fear my day dream of visiting Lovedale will not soon be realize. To me the solution of your native question is Education, Education, Education!

If you should be passing through de Aar & have to stay as Eastern Province travellers often have some hours here, it would be a great gratification to me if you could call & see me. There are some points touching the education of native women on which I should much like to have your opinion, but am not now able to write.

Yours sincerely
Olive Schreiner






A. CLASSIFYING INFORMATION

Letter date        [end January 1893]
Address From  [Grahamstown, Eastern Cape]
Address To      []
Who to             [Miss ?Webber]



B. EDITED COLLECTION

Editor               []



C. ARCHIVE COLLECTION REFERENCE

Archive name         [Cory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown]
Archive Ref 1         [Cory, PR 3777/2]


[LEGEND: This letter has been dated by reference to when Schreiner stayed at the farm of the family friends the Webbers in January 1893. See her letter to her sister-in-law Fan of 9 January 1893.]


Grahamstown
Friday

Dear Miss ?Webber

Thank you very much all of you for the delightful time I spent with you. It was too good of your father to send all that distance for me. I hope I shall see you all in England some day.

My address there will always be
New College
Eastbourne

as that is where my eldest brother lives, & his address always finds me whether in England or abroad I shall never forget my delightful two days with you. Had it been fine & we could all have gone to Lily Kloof I should hardly have enjoyed it more.

With hearty & friendly greetings to one & all.

Yours sincerely
Olive Schreiner

Tell Mr ?Benson it is not the brother of Cronwright that he knows who is married, but another called Peter!!