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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/186/81
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 7 June 1899
Address FromJohannesburg, Transvaal
Address To
Who ToJan Smuts
Other VersionsRive 1987: 358
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Legend
The Project is grateful to the National Archives Repository, Pretoria, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Box 406
2 Johannesburg
3 Monday
4
5 Dear Mr Smuts,
6
7 I am coming to Pretoria for the day on Friday bringing over two
8cousins of my husband’s Mr who have come up from the Colony on a
9visit to the Transvaal. They are two of the wealthiest & most
10important men in the Hope Town district, having much influence with
11the farmers as well as town’s folk, & I want them to see things in a
12true light while they are up here, as every little tells.
13
14 They are strongly on "our side" & are very anxious to meet the
15President even if it be merely to shake hands. Do you think it could
16be managed? I have written to Mrs Reitz asking her, ^to try & arrange it,^
17but it has just struck me she may be from home, & perhaps, if she is,
18or can’t arrange it, you might be good enough to do so. I know how
19very busy you must be now with Raad sitting, & shall not wonder if you
20can’t. I shall come over by the ^train which arrives in Pretoria at^
2111.36, & leave again the same evening.
22
23 If I could have a few minutes talk with you I would be glad, as I
24would like to know your opinion of a plan I have for forming an
25"Uitlander’s Peace Association" in Johannesburg in opposition to the
26League. The mass of Johannesburg do not want to fight: & it is only
27necessary to organize this public feeling in some way to make it
28effective.
29
30 Yours sincerely
31 Olive Schreiner
32
33 My husband is unable to come over, I am coming alone.
34
35
36
Notation
Schreiner was going to Paarde Kraal in connection with a peace congress meeting. She sent written addresses to some of the Volkskongresses and peace congresses and spoke at others, as follows: Graaff-Reinet Volkskongres, April 1900 (spoke); Cape Town women's meeting, June 1900 (spoke); Somerset East peace congress, October 1900 (a letter of address); Paarl, November 1900 peace congress (a letter of address); Worcester Volkskongres, December 1900 (spoke). Rive's (1987) version of this letter has been misdated and is also in a number of respects incorrect.