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Letter Reference Aletta 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
2
3You don’t know what happiness your visit gave me – only I can’t
4bear to think I shall never see you again.
5
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.
8
9I enclose two letters of intro-duction, one to my dear friend General
10Smuts’s
wife, & one to my friend Mrs Sauer the wife of the acting
11Prime Minister, who is Minister of Railways for the Union.
12
13I am sure you will like both.
14
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.
18
19I do hope you will manage that meeting at Graaff Reinet & see my
20friend Mrs Murray.
21
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.
24
25My affectionate thoughts will always follow you.
26
27Yours ever
28Olive Schreiner
29
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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.

Letter Reference Aletta 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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1De Aar
2April the 4th 1912
3
4Dear Friend
5
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.
9
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!
14
15I hope you got the letter I sent you to Batavia.
16
17I am sending this to Amsterdam.
18
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.
21
22Good bye. Heartfelt greetings
23Olive Schreiner
24
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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.

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/280
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date25 August 1911
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address ToGrand Hotel, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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1Dear Dr Jacobs
2
3I hope you will have a splendid time in the Transvaal. I shall always
4remember your day here, a “red letter” day to me.
5
6Will you please write to your publisher about that copy of your book
7^translation^ which I ought to have got. If he still has it ask him
8please to send it direct to me here.
9
10Thank you so much for your letter.
11
12Yours with heartfelt greetings
13Olive Schreiner
14
15I would so much value them if your friend could send me some copies of
16the snap-shots she took here. They would be a reminder of a happy day
17to me.
18
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; they were in Port Elizabeth in late August 1911. Jacobs' Dutch friend Nettie Boersma accompanied her on her visit to Schreiner in De Aar in late August 1911, just before they went to Port Elizabeth, and Boersma took the photographs which Schreiner refers to. Schreiner's comment about a translation refers to the one Jacobs made of Woman and Labour, which appeared in Dutch in 1911 as De Vrouw En Arbeid Amsterdam: Von Kampen.

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/281
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date21 January 1913
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
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1Address -- to --
2De Aar
3Cape of Good Hope
4South Africa
5Jan 21st 1913
6
7Dear Dr Jacobs
8
9It was a great pleasure to me to get your letter. I have been too ill
10all the last year to do any real letter writing Now I have come down
11to the coast to see what the lower level will do for me.
12
13I do hope you will in getting in a more liberal ministry in Holland.
14Do let me know how it goes. Colonial papers give us so little news of
15what is going on in Europe that is of real interest.
16
17You will I know be glad to hear that my little niece Lyndall whom you
18saw with me, has passed successfully her first law exam= to become a
19barrister. She is the first woman in Africa to take up law, but I hope
20many will follow. In the mean time we have a big fight before us.
21
22The Univers-aty here has gives women the same degrees as men, & makes
23no distinction of sex. But the law society composed of Barristers &c
24is opposed to women’s being aloud to practice, & will not admit them
25into the courts. So we shall have to get an act of parliament passed
26allowing them to practise. We are getting up petitions now. I have a
27hope that by the time she passes her final in two years the bar may be
28open to her.
29
30I have also a favour to ask of you. My second niece, Lyndalls ^younger^
31sister is now studying medicine in England This is her first year. She
32sometimes visits Holland. If she does so might I give her a letter of
33introduction to you, & would you let her call on you. I feel it would
34not only be a great pleasure to her to have a talk with you, but it
35would be an inspiration & a help to her. She is very much in earnest
36about her work.
37
38If anything should take you to England at any time I would be so glad
39if you would let her come to see you. Her address is Miss Ursula
40Schreiner
Newnham College, Cambridge, England. You cannot I’m sure
41understand what a bright memory is that day you spent at de Aar. You
42would have to understand how lonely life in South Africa is mentally
43to understand it.
44
45I would much value a photograph of your self if ever you have one you
46could give me. I will send you mine if ever I am taken
47
48Yours ever
49Olive Schreiner
50

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/282
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date19 May 1913
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To158 Koninginneweg, Amsterdam, Holland
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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1De Aar
2Cape of Good Hope
3South Africa
4May 19th 1913
5
6Dear Dr Jacobs
7
8Thank you truly for your letter.
9
10It is just possible that I may be coming home to Europe at the end of
11the year to try & find some medical treatment for my heart & arteries.
12I have not much hope but here one can get no treatment at all. If I do
13come I shall try to see you: and you might perhaps be in England while
14I am there. I have never felt so strongly drawn to any woman whom I
15have seen for only one day as I felt to you. I think we are somewhat
16alike, at, least my friends in Cape Town say so – which pleases me.
17My little niece Ursula is coming out here for her long vac= but I hope
18she will be able to see you next year when she goes to Holland.
19
20I think I told you Lyndall passed her first exam= very successfully,
21at the end of next year she passes her final. Then we shall have a big
22fight to get the parliament to pass a law g allowing women to practice
23here as Lawyers. The law courts have given it against us basing their
24judgement on an old Roman-Dutch law passed in Holland some three
25hundred years or more ago. I wonder if I should be asking too much of
26you to ask you to write & tell me just what the law is now in Holland.
27Can women now practice in Holland as both barristers & attorneys? Can
28they become judges? When was the old Roman Dutch law done away with in
29Holland. It is curious that we here should be bound by a law passed in
30which the Dutch themselves are too enlightened to up hold! I want to
31write a short letter to the Cape paper’s on the matter but should
32like to be quite sure of my facts.
33
34Are all medical posts open to women, or all they only allowed to
35practice privately. How many women doctors are there in Holland now, &
36about how many women lawyers. I know how busy you are; but it would be
37a great help if I could get the exact facts from you.
38
39Please don’t mention to anyone that I am perhaps coming to England
40as you know how easily things get into the papers, & I may be so ill I
41have to keep quite quiet when I come.
42
43I am still at de Aar leading the old life.
44
45I’m glad you’ve got that adopted son. The older one gets the more
46one clings to the dear young folk.
47
48I hope your heart is better now.
49
50Yours ever
51Olive Schreiner
52

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/283
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date26 March 1914
Address FromFlorence, Italy
Address To158 Koninginneweg, Amsterdam, Holland
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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1Palace Hôtel
2Florence
3
47, Lung’Arno Guicciardini
5
6Address
7Poste Restante
8Florence
9March 26th
10
11Dear Dr Jacobs. Oh what a joy it would be to see you here! But I hope
12I shall be in England the first week in May. I have been getting worse
13since I came here: the treatment does no good.
14
15How much we should have to speak of if we met. I shall be in England
16for a short time in spring & then go to Nauheim with my brother. I
17would like greatly to come & see you in Holland, if I could manage it.
18
19I’ll write a real letter soon when I’m better
20
21My love to you
22Olive Schreiner
23
24^My niece Lyndall takes her final law exam next December^
25

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/284
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypePostcard
Letter Date20 April 1914
Address From30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington, London
Address ToAmsterdam, Holland
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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130 St Mary Abbotts Terrace. Kensington London. April 20th
2
3I got here last week. I am not quite sure yet when I shall go to
4Nauheim as I am waiting for my brother to arrive from Africa. I am so
5sorry not to have been able to see you in Florence, but the cure was
6doing me harm. I do hope I shall see you in Amsterdam before I leave
7
8Yours ever
9Olive Schreiner
10

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/285
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date29 June 1914
Address FromHotel Augusta Victoria, Bad Nauheim, Germany
Address ToAmsterdam, Holland
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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1Hotel Augusta Victoria
2Bad Nauheim
3
4June 29th 1914
5
6Dear Dr Jacobs
7
8I have been staying here for the heart cure: it will be over in about
9ten ^8^ days & then I must rest somewhere for the ?new-air & then I
10hoped, I might be able to come to Amsterdam & see you for a few days
11on my way back to England.
12
13Will you be at home towards the middle of next month? & would it be
14quite convenient for you if I came? Please don’t mind saying if you
15have other visitors or would not find it convenient. I want so much to
16see you again, but I want to know, as if I do not come to see you I
17shall go to England another way without passing through Holland. My
18unreadable Brother is here with me, but when his cure is over I think
19he will go to Sweeden & I shall be alone My little niece Ursula says I
20must thank you so much for your kind letter to her. She mislaid your
21letter & so did not answer it. It would be such a great pleasure to me
22to see you again If it is very hot I should not be able to stay more
23than a couple of days in Amsterdam, as heat is the one thing I can’t
24stand, but I must see you if can.
25
26Yours ever
27Olive Schreiner
28

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/286
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 July 1914
Address FromHotel Augusta Victoria, Bad Nauheim, Germany
Address ToAmsterdam, Holland
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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1Hotel Augusta Victoria
2Bad Nauheim
3
4Dear Dr Jacobs
5
6Thank you much for your letter I shall not be returning to England for
7a couple of weeks & shall not leave Bad Nauheim till about the 10th or
811th & then go first to rest in some little village
9
10My niece returns to her studies at Cambridge tomorrow; so she will not
11be with me.
12
13Possibly my brother may be travelling with me as far as Holland, but I
14think it more likely he will go to Sweeden – It will be a great
15pleasure to see you again I’ll write when my plans are more certain
16
17Yours ever
18Olive Schreiner
19
20I can’t
21

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/287
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date17 July 1914
Address FromGrand Hôtel und Kurhaus, Oberhof, Germany
Address ToAmsterdam, Holland
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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1Grand Hôtel und Kurhaus
2Oberhof
3
4July 17th 1914
5
6My dear Dr Jacobs
7
8I shall be leaving this in a couple of days Please let me know if it
9will be quite convenient if I come on Monday evening or Tuesday
10morning I plan to spend a couple of ^two or perhaps three^ days with you
11& then go on to England spending a day at the Hague first as I much
12wish to see it. I should not like to pass through Holland without
13seeing you.
14
15I am sending a wire to-day to know if you will be at home. But am
16writing this in case you should be from home.
17
18Yours in haste
19With hearty greetings
20Olive Schreiner
21
22^I may not be able to come at all next week, as my plans are not sure
23but I am just writing in case I come^
24

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/288
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypePostcard
Letter Date26 July 1914
Address FromCreisau, Schlesien, Germany (now Krzyżowa, Świdnica, Poland)
Address ToAmsterdam, Holland
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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1Creisau
2Schlessen
3Germany
4^July 26^
5
6Dear Friend,
7
8My movements are not quite sure yet. If any letters come for me to
9your care please keep them till I wire or come.
10
11Yours ever
12Olive Schreiner
13
14I shall likely be in Holland by the 2nd or third
15

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/289
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypePostcard
Letter Date28 July 1914
Address FromContinental Hotel, Berlin, Germany
Address ToAmsterdam, Holland
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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1Continental-Hotel, Berlin NW.7
2
3Dear Friend, I am now in Berlin at the Continental Hotel. Am resting
4here a couple of days, at a then perhaps tomorrow or next day coming
5on If you are from home I can just go to an Hotel
6 ^
7but I hope you will be
8
9Olive Schreiner^
10

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/290
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypePostcard
Letter DateMonday 4 August 1914
Address From30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington, London
Address ToAmsterdam, Holland
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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130 St Mary Abbotts Terrace
2Kensington
3London
4Monday
5
6I arrived here at midnight last night after the most terrible journey
7I have ever known. My brother got here in the morning from Berlin but
8has lost all his luggage. Do let me know how you all are if possible.
9We women are having a great peace meeting tomorrow. Thanks so for your
10kindness
11
12Olive Schreiner
13

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/291
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypePostcard
Letter Date8 February 1915
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
Address To158 Koninginneweg, Amsterdam, Holland
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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1Dear Friend I hope all goes well with you. Have you any further news
2of my dear friend Dorothy? I wish I could come to Holland to see you
3for a few days but that is impossible. My address is Kensington Palace
4Mansions, de Vere Gardens, Kensington London. The death of dear de la
5Rey
at the Cape was a great blow to me.
6
7Yours ever,
8Olive
9
Notation
The friend referred to is Dorothy von Moltke, with Aletta Jacobs over the period of the war because of censorship problems relaying news and information between Moltke and Schreiner, and then between Moltke and her parents Jessie and James Rose Innes; see Schreiner to Dorothy von Moltke, August 1914 (Olive Schreiner: Dorothy Moltke MSC 26/2.7/12), and also Schreiner to Aletta Jacobs, 17 August 1915 (Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/296) and 31 August 1915 (Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/297).

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/292
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date27 March 1915
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
Address To158 Koninginneweg, Amsterdam, Holland
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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1Telephone: 3675 Kensington.
2Telegrams: Apartment, London.
3
4Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel,
5De Vere Gardens, W.
6
7Dear Friend I have just got the enclosed letter, but no address. Would
8you tell the writer I have joined the woman’s committee here; &
9would deeply have liked to come over to the conference but cannot.
10
11My Neither my health nor my purse will allow of it. How deeply I
12should like to talk over South African affairs with you.
13
14Is there no possibility of your coming to England. My heart has got
15much worse, & I can do so little of all I wish.
16
17Yours with loving greetings
18Olive Schreiner
19

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/293
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date12 April 1915
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
Address ToAmsterdam, Holland
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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1Telephone: 3675 Kensington.
2Telegrams: Apartment, London.
3
4Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel,
5De Vere Gardens, W.
6
7April 12th 1915
8
9Dear Friend
10
11Ill as I am I feel I must come to the Hague for the 28th 29th & 30th.
12I enclose a letter to the Lady to whom I was told to write about
13getting me a room: my heart & chest are very bad & I will not be able
14to attend the meetings unless I can get a warm dry airy room.
15
16Would you please let me know if the committee have been able to get me
17one as soon as you can.
18
19Yours with love
20Olive Schreiner
21

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/294
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date21 June 1915
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
Address ToHotel Cecil, The Strand, Westminster, London
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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1Telephone: 3675 Kensington.
2Telegrams: Apartment, London.
3
4Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel,
5De Vere Gardens, W.
6
7Dear Aletta Jacobs
8
9I send you my little book on the Union written before the act was
10passed, when they were first talking of it. On one thing the Cape men
11did stand out when the Union was framed, & that was that the Cape
12Colony was to keep its own basis of franchise quite distinct from the
13Transvaal.
14
15I send you my other little peace pamphlet written just before the Boer
16war broke out.
17
18It has been so nice to see you & your friend I hope some day when the
19war is over to meet you in Holland
20
21Yours ever
22Olive Schreiner
23
Notation
The reference to 'my little book' is to Closer Union, which originated as a lengthy article published in the Transvaal Leader on 21 December 1908 and the Cape Times on 22 December 1908 (p.9); it appeared as a short book in 1909. 'My little peace pamphlet just before the Boer war broke out' is An English South African’s View of the Situation, originally published in the South African News over three successive days; see 'Words in Season. An English South African's View of the Situation' South African News 1 June 1899 (p.8), 2 June 1899 (p.8) and 3 June 1899 (also p.8). It was also reprinted in a number of other newspapers. It then was published as a pamphlet, then as a book. A second edition of the book was ready but withdrawn from publication with Hodder and Stoughton by Schreiner when the South African War started in October 1899, so as not to profit from this.

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/295
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date9 July 1915
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
Address ToAmsterdam, Holland
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 date of this letter has been derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address it was sent to. Schreiner was resident at Kensington Palace Mansions for most of the period from late October 1914 to late July 1915. The envelope has been opened and stamped by a censor.
1Dear Friend
2
3I hope all goes well with you I was grieved not to see you off but I
4was too ill. I had hoped the doctors would have operated on me for the
5stone in the kidney, but they say my heart is too much enlarged & weak.
6 I have been worse since the hot weather came & am going to try a
7place in Wales where there is electric treatment. I have hardly seen
8or spoken to any one since you were here as I have not been able to
9get out. Shall we ever meet again? It will be long first
10
11Give my love to the dear friend who was with you whose name I can’t
12spell rightly.
13
14This is only a word to show you I think of you
15
16Olive
17
18Address to the care of my bank, as I do not know what nursing home I
19am going to in Wales.
20

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/296
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date17 August 1915
Address FromLlandrindod Wells, Wales
Address To
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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1Llandrindod Wells
2Wales
3
4Aug 17th 1915
5
6My dear Aletta
7
8Thank you so much for sending me the good news of the birth of my
9friends little baby. Please if you can tell her how glad I am it is a
10little girl: I know she longed for one so after having four boys.
11Please tell her I wish I could have been with her; I fear her husband
12was away. But she makes every one about her love her.
13
14I am still staying here with my friends the Parkers & am feeling such
15great good from my stay here that I shall stay for some weeks longer.
16But the Standard Bank is my best address as I have all my letters sent
17there.
18
19I do hope Emily Hobhouse will be able to stay on for some time. I have
20not heard from her since the post card she wrote me when she landed in
21Flushing. Tell her I am thinking of going to Cornwall in the winter.
22My favourite nephew Oliver is now fighting in the trenches in France
23as I think I told you.
24
25How I wish I were in Holland too.
26
27Yours with love, & many thanks for your letter
28Olive
29
Notation
The friend referred to is Dorothy von Moltke, withAletta Jacobs over the period of the war because of censorship problems relaying news and information between Moltke and Schreiner, and then between Moltke and her parents Jessie and James Rose Innes; see Schreiner to Dorothy von Moltke, August 1914 (Olive Schreiner: Dorothy Moltke MSC 26/2.7/12), and also Schreiner to Aletta Jacobs, 8 February 1915 (Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/291) and 31 August 1915 (Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/297).

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/297
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypePostcard
Letter Date31 August 1915
Address From30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington, London
Address To158 Koninginneweg, Amsterdam, Holland
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 date of this postcard is provided by the postmark, which is almost illegible, while the address it was sent to is on its front. Schreiner's comment about her friend's baby enables it to be dated to 1915, with Dorothy von Moltke, the friend referred to, giving birth to a daughter that year. The address Schreiner wrote the postcard from is provided by content.
1Dear Dr Jacobs Thank you so much. Could you possibly send a card for
2me to my dear friend & tell her how thankful I am to hear that she is
3all right. That I have written to her father & mother. That she must
4please let me hear from her again; & please be sure to tell her, that
5my address is 30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace Kensington. Tell her I am
6well & am staying on here, not returning to South Africa yet.
7
8It would be such a great favour to me if you would do this. I hope all
9will be well with dear little Holland.
10
11Yours ever
12Olive Schreiner
13
Notation
Over the period of the war, because of censorship problems Jacobs relayed news and information from Schreiner's 'dear friend' Dorothy von Moltke to Schreiner, and then between Moltke and her parents Jessie and James Rose Innes; see Schreiner to Dorothy von Moltke, August 1914 (Olive Schreiner: Dorothy Moltke MSC 26/2.7/12), and also Schreiner to Aletta Jacobs, 8 February 1915 (Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/291) and 17 August 1915 (Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/296).

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/298
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypePostcard
Letter Date11 June 1920
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address ToVan Aerssenstraat 46, The Hague, Holland
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1Dear Dr Jacobs It is so long since I had any news of you.
2
3I am leaving for South Africa on the 13th of August as I cannot face
4another winter here. Is there any hope of our ever seeing you in South
5Africa again? Things are dear there but not so dear as here & there is
6sunshine
7
8Do drop me a line
9Yours ever
10Olive Schreiner
11
129 Porchester Place
13Edgware Rd
14London
15

Letter Reference Aletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/299
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypePostcard
Letter Date11 July 1920
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
Address ToVan Aerssenstraat 46, The Hague, Holland
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1Thank you so much for your letter. Yes, it is hard to think I shall
2never see Europe again. I have longed so to visit Italy & Holland &
3other places, but now I leave for Africa on the 13th of August. I cant
4help hoping that perhaps somehow you will visit Africa again some day.
5How glad I shall be to see you.
6
7Yours with love
8Olive Schreiner
9
10July 11th 1920
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