"Trying to help Will Schreiner politically; I want 'She wrote Peter Halket' on my grave; it's what it cost me" Read the full letter
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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.105
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date1 July 1896
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 286
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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.
1 The Homestead
2 June 30
3 July 1 / 96
5 Dear
7 I hope you are getting on nicely. You may think it very foolish, but I
8am feeling very anxious lest Rhodes, in his usual underhand way, &
9backed by the big conservatives at home should still bring on a war
10with the Transvaal. I have the same feeling of restless anxiety about
11him that I had about him last November & Dec.: It is so evidently his
12last card. I am divided but a sense of intense pity for the man
13personally, & a feeling of his overpowering wicked-ness & skill.
15 Good bye, dear,
16 Olive
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.