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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Edward Carpenter SMD 30/32/gi
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date24 February 1908
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
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.
1 De Aar
2 Feb 24 / 08
4 Dear Edward
6 Can you send this letter for me to "Bob". His address is in my desk at
7Hanover, where I shall not go for some months. Only think, Im
8expecting to see dear old Keir Hardie here tomorrow to spend a day!! I
9shall be glad to see him. He's been met by rotten eggs & all the
10modern modes of welcoming any one with liberal ideas in South Africa.
11The day will come, only a few years hence, when white people who stand
12for justice to the native will have to lay down their lives & meet
13death at the hands of mobs here.
15 If you could really understand affairs in Zulu-land & Natal
17^you would know what a diabolical game is being played there. Love to
18Kate Salt if you see her & all the old friends. You would know if you
19lived here a few months how one hungers for the folk who share at all
20ones outlook on life.
22 South Africa is quite 80 years behind Europe; & a century behind
23Australia & New Zealand.
25 Olive^