"Trying to help Will Schreiner politically; I want 'She wrote Peter Halket' on my grave; it's what it cost me" Read the full letter
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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/202/100
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeTelegram
Letter Date15 May 1917
Address FromLondon
Address ToSavoy Hotel, The Strand, Westminster, London
Who ToJan Smuts
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The Project is grateful to the National Archives Repository, Pretoria, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner telegram, which is part of its Special Collections. The date of this telegram and the addresses it was sent to and from are provided by its official stamps.
1 London
2 To General Smuts Savoy Hotel
4 Your speech was fine
5 Olive Schreiner Betty Molteno
Smuts made a number of speches at the Savoy, with that on 15 May concerned with a Commonwealth of Nations; the more infamous one was 27 May 1917, when he used the term apartheid in a speech proposing separation and separate development on grounds of race; referring to the speech on 15 May as 'fine' implies faint praise.