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Letter ReferenceJohn X. Merriman MSC 15/1913:72
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 1913
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToJohn X. Merriman
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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. This letter has been dated by reference to its location in the archive sequence.
1 De Aar
2 Sunday
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4 Dear Mr Merriman
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6 Though I only posted my note to you this morning I must add a line to
7tell you how delighted I was with your remarks reported in Friday's
8paper.
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10 Serious as the tax on amusements is, it is not half so serious as the
11"ridiculous little publication" as you so well call the "de Waals
12Catechism." Where are we going to? Your speech was simply splendid; so
13was Jagger's. Picture only, giving a man like de Waal the right to act
14as censor over all the literature which may or may not be acted,
15recited, or in any way be used in public or private for enter tain
16ments!
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18 I am thankful you spoke on these matters. It most assuredly was your
19duty.
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21 Yours sincerely
22 Olive Schreiner
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24 I fear you won't agree with me, but I felt Bothas remarks about Rhodes
25at the ?unveiling of Krugers statue entirely uncalled for & in very
26bad taste. It is such things as this which excuse Hertzog & his
27followers. Of course I don't believe in the two streams theory; all
28racialism is hateful to me; but Botha's speeches are sometimes more
29than even I can stand.
30