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Letter ReferenceAletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/279
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date4 April 1912
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address ToAmsterdam, Holland
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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Legend
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. Content shows that this letter was sent to Amsterdam.
1De Aar
2April the 4th 1912
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4Dear Friend
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6Thankyou for your letter & for the book. The translation seems to me
7wonderfully good. It is a joy to me to think that you should have
8translated it.
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10What a pleasure it was to me to pass that one day with you I can’t
11tell you. You would have to realize how narrow the little woman’s
12world still is in South Africa, to to know how it heartens & joys one
13to meet a large, broad woman!
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15I hope you got the letter I sent you to Batavia.
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17I am sending this to Amsterdam.
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19I hope soon to write you a long letter: our cold weather is coming &
20then my heart gets much better & I am more able to write.
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22Good bye. Heartfelt greetings
23Olive Schreiner
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Notation
Aletta Jacobs and Carrie Chapman Catt were on a world tour from July 1911 to July 1912 and in South Africa from mid August to late October 1911; Jacobs' Dutch friend Nettie Boersma accompanied her on her visit to Schreiner in De Aar in August 1911, the 'one day' Schreiner mentions. The translation Schreiner refers to is that made by Aletta Jacobs of Woman and Labour, which appeared in Dutch in 1911 as De Vrouw En Arbeid Amsterdam: Von Kampen.