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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Edward Carpenter SMD 30/32/n
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date23 July 1913
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address ToMillthorpe, Holmesfield, Sheffield
Who ToEdward Carpenter
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The Project is grateful to the National English Literary Museum (NELM) for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. The address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope.
1 De Aar
2 July 23rd 1913
4 Dear Edward
6 I am sending you an account of our Sundays meeting. If you want to
7understand the labour position out here read ?Balmsfords speech. If
8they shoot us down so the moment the white labourers strike, what will
9it be whenever the natives move: & we are bringing more & more
10oppressive laws against them. We have just passed a terrible native
11land bill - the worst bit of work we have done for years. I will try &
12send you a copy of my brothers speech in the senate on it. It is
13beautiful how liberal & broad & human he is growing as he grows older.
14I am perhaps coming to England in December on my way to Florence to
15try is a heart specialist there who has so greatly relieved my friend
16Emily Hobhouse can do anything for me. I shall be only two weeks or
17less in England as I can't stand the climate at thisof England in
18winter, but I do hope I'll see you, Edward. In the end I may not be
19well enough to leave; but it would be nice to see you all once more.
21 Good bye dear old Edward.
22 Thine ever
23 Olive
25 Do you ever see dear Isabella Ford? Send on the newspaper cutting I
26send to her. If they do have a general strike they are going to shoot
27us down all over the country, with their British troops & their
28"Defense Force" - "Citizens Destruction Force" - it is really.
The 'account of Sunday's meeting' is no longer attached.