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Letter ReferenceAletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/278
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: September 1911 ; Before End: September 1911
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address Toc/o Miss Ida Hyett, 304 Prinsloo Street, Pretoria, Transvaal
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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Olive Schreiner's letters to Aletta Jacobs are part of the International Archives for the Women's Movement collections, to whom thanks are due for access to the microfilm of the Aletta Jacobs Papers. The address which this letter was sent to is on an attached envelope, which does not have a postmark or stamp. Aletta Jacobs with her friend Nettie Boersma visited Schreiner in De Aar in late August 1911, and thus the dating of this letter. Schreiner was resident in De Aar from late 1907 to December 1913, when she left for Europe.
1Dear Dr Jacobs
3You don’t know what happiness your visit gave me – only I can’t
4bear to think I shall never see you again.
6I am afraid you must have found the great height here very tiring for
7your heart, but you will have felt better as soon as you got lower.
9I enclose two letters of intro-duction, one to my dear friend General
wife, & one to my friend Mrs Sauer the wife of the acting
11Prime Minister, who is Minister of Railways for the Union.
13I am sure you will like both.
15I am sending Mrs Boersma’s book. I was so glad to meet you don’t
16know how in this solitary life it fills one’s heart with joy to meet
17one’s owne 20th century women.
19I do hope you will manage that meeting at Graaff Reinet & see my
20friend Mrs Murray.
22I am only sending you letters of intro-duction to Dutch women because
23I know you will have only too many introductions to the English.
25My affectionate thoughts will always follow you.
27Yours ever
28Olive Schreiner
Aletta Jacobs and Carrie Chapman Catt with various friends were on a world tour from July 1911 to July 1912. They were in South Africa from mid August to late October 1911, and in Pretoria in late September or early October that year. The book Mrs Boersma which had lent Schreiner during the visit she and Aletta Jacobs made to Schreiner in late August cannot be established.