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Letter ReferenceEdward Carpenter 359/74
ArchiveSheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date27 July 1895
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToEdward Carpenter
Other VersionsRive 1987: 254-5
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
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The Project is grateful to the Sheffield Archives, Sheffield Libraries, Archives and Information Services, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Archive Collections.
1 The Homestead
2 July 27 / 95
3
4 Dear Edward
5
6 I am sending you Cron’s little paper. It was very amusing when Cron
7read it. No one in room had ever heard of you. I do not believe there
8were above two people who had ever heard of such a thing as Socialism,
9& they didn’t know any thing about it! One good fellow got up & said
10they had been very much interested in the paper, & from what Mr
11Schreiner
had said, I of course felt sure that Mr Carpenter was a very
12good man - what what could Mr Carpenter mean by speaking as he did
13about respectability"!!! It was all so funny, but I think it will do
14good. The Editor is printing 2000 copies in leaflet form, & it may
15lead to people in this country buying your books, & so getting new
16views with regard to respectability.
17
18 I am very strong & well & working hard. I work just all the time. My
19sweet husband grows more & more precious to me as time goes along.
20Give my love to Lucy & George & Max & especially to my old friend Mat
21if you see him. I want to write a long letter to Kate Salt. But I want
22to write to her about things that I can’t, just yet. I am sending
23two little photos for her to your care. Please see that she gets them
24safely.
25
26 Goodbye to you all.
27 Olive
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29 Cron and I are preparing a paper which he is to read in the Town on
30"the political situation." Of course its anti-Rhodes & anti-capitalist.
31 The Political Association are ^going to reprint it, & distribute it
32all over the country. I’ll send you a copy.^
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Notation
'Cron's little paper' cannot be established; The paper Schreiner is 'preparing' is her The Political Situation, which Cronwright-Schreiner read out as a public address in Kimberley Town Hall in August 1895. Rive's (1987) version of this letter is in a number of respects incorrect.