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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Edward Carpenter SMD 30/32/cii
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLettercard
Letter Date22 October 1900
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToMillthorpe, Holmesfield, Sheffield
Who ToEdward Carpenter
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 230
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Legend
The Project is grateful to the National English Literary Museum (NELM) for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner lettercard, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. The address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope.
1 Hanover
2 Oct 22 / 00
3
4 Dear old Ed,
5
6 The fight still goes on here, & still I have not lost heart, but
7believe that right must in the end prevail - though most people think
8me mad for doing so.
9
10 I am sending you a speech in an African paper. I am living here in
11such a sweet ideal little karroo village nearly 5,000 feet above the
12sea, & am much better. The air is so clean & pure. How you would love
13this place.
14
15 Greetings to all the dear friends.
16 Olive
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Notation
The speech published in a newspaper (presumably by Schreiner herself) which she sent to Carpenter cannot be established, but is likely to be one of those she wrote or gave as an address to a peace congress. Schreiner sent written addresses to some of the Volkskongresses and peace congresses and she 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). Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) version of this letter is incorrect in a range of respects.