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Letter ReferenceGFP/OS-AG/2
ArchiveGreene Family Papers
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date17 October 1900
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToRozelin, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToAlice Greene
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The Project is grateful to John Barham and the Greene Family for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter to Alice Greene, which is part of the family collections. The address and the name of the addressee the letter was sent to are provided by an attached envelope.
2Oct 17 / 00
4Dear Friend,
6The clouds are gathering thicker & thicker. God knows what will happen
7next if they keep on burning the houses in the Republics. I believe
8all will be lost if the people in the Colony rise now, & yet they are
9being so driven to despair that if the Republicans should cross the
10River & come South all may be lost. Oh, if England could even now,
11have one moment of sanity, & give the Republics their fr Independence
12freely instead of having it rung from her through the shedding of seas
13of blood ^in the course of long years^. If the Good Republicans cross
14into the Colony I believe they will get their independence only in 15
15years time, if they stay in their own territories I believe they will
16have it with in four.
18^I’m so tired. Why had one to be born in these days of blood & sin
19one is powerless to prevent^