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Letter ReferenceJohn X. Merriman MSC 15/1906:200
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSeptember 1906
Address FromThe Hotel De Aar, De Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToJohn X. Merriman
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Legend
The Project is grateful to the National Library of South Africa (NLSA), Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections.
1 The Hotel
2 De Aar
3 Sep 1906
4
5 Dear Mr Merriman
6
7 I read your speech with great pleasure. Curious that people cant
8understand that the dearer they make living the harder they make life
9for the bulk of the people in a land like this.
10
11 Thank you much for old Boswell: he's been good company in these days
12which I'm not able to do much else but read. I've just read two books
13sent me from America "Coniston" by Winston Churchill & "The Pit" by
14Norris.
15
16 Both books well worth reading, & dealing with the great disease of our
17modern social life, Coniston is the strongest it is wonderful this
18awakening all over the world to the evils of monopoly, speculation &
19Bossism.
20
21 Yours very sincerely
22 Olive Schreiner
23
24 ^I shall probably be going to Matjesfontein for a month next week.^
25
Notation
The books referred to are: James Boswell (1901) The Life of Samuel Johnson London: J.M. Dent; Winston Churchill (1906) Coniston New York: Macmillan and Co; Frank Norris (1903) The Pit: A Story of Chicago London: Richards.