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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/71
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday April 1909
Address FromEastbergholt, Tamboer's Kloof Road, Gardens, Cape Town
Address To
Who ToA. Haldane Murray
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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 letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. This letter has been approximately dated by reference to content. Schreiner stayed in Eastbergholt in April 1909.
1 Eastbergholt
2 Tamboer's Kloof Rd
3 Tamboer's Kloof
4 Cape Town
5 Saturday
6
7 Dear Mr Murray
8
9 I have just this moment got your note, returned from De Aar. I do not
10know which of my little papers you refer to I have send you the only
11one I have with me. I will send you the others when I get home. Please
12return this when you have done with it; as I have only two copies.
13
14 Thank your dear wife for her letter. I do wish she was here. Does your
15farm lie high, & is it pretty cool I should like so much to try some
16day & accept your wife's kind invitation & come to visit you, but if
17it is as hot as Graaff Reinet I fear I cant come.
18
19 ^I wish I could have seen you to have a talk on the native question
20when you were here
21
22 Yours sincerely
23 Olive Schreiner^
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Notation
The 'little paper' referred to is probably that on 'mixed race' and is one of Schreiner's 'Returned South African' essays, published in various journals between 1891 and 1898. A set of them was to have been published as 'Stray Thoughts on South Africa'; however, although prepared for publication, a dispute with a US publisher and the events of the South African War prevented this. They and some other essays were posthumously published as Thoughts on South Africa. There was some confusion about which essay Haldane Murray had requested, as Schreiner comments in a letter of 9 April 1909 to Mimmie Murray (Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/38).