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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/11
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 12 February 1909
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner stayed in Matjesfontein from late December 1908 to late March 1909.
1 Friday
3 Dear Laddie
5 Theo is getting on finely. Got a long letter from Dick Solomon who
6sends affectionate greetings to you. He writes strongly sympathizing
7with my view of the native question – & they strangely enough adds
8that the only point on which he differs from me is that he prefers
9Unification to Federation! Even the half dozen English men I heard
10just now discussing the matter in the smoking room could give him
11points – they were all more or less opposed to the result of the
12Convention, but added, that it was only by Unification that we could
13"wash out" the native &c &c.
15 Of course it would answer
17 ^where a "nigger" was concerned but what defense, for their giving food
18& shelter to flying rebel hungry women & children one could make!
19Remember Place de ‘L’Isle? Whom Judge Jefferies hanged for
20sheltering rebels, who is now one of the sacred names in English
23^There are some awfully touching things come out in this Dinuzulu trial,
24 to me. Won’t the Natal Witness publish it all in book form? ^
26 OS