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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/12
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday 13 February 1909
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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Legend
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.
1 Matjesfontein
2 Saturday
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4 Theo doing splendidly. Adela Villiers has lost her beautiful little
5baby ^boy^ of 13 months old.
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7 It was such a magnificent child that Lady Constance Lytton had given
8it the name of Reuben’s God; because it was so like the glorious
9little Gods that Reubens painted.
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11 If you were not so busy I would ask you to drop her just one line. I
12am very anxious about her. She writes with such an awful calm. Lady
13Constance Lytton
has just cabled out to me that she has made
14satisfactory arrangements for publishing my article on Closer Union in
15book form at once.
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17 I have not had time to study the results of the Convention, but I
18among many other things this is clear – that an amount of
19unrestrained power quite inconsistent with the Freedom of the nation
20is given to the Government of the Union.
21
22 I wish you & Malan could work together. The attempt to hurry the thing
23up on us in the way they are doing is absolutely monstrous.
24
25 Olive
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Notation
Schreiner's Closer Union originated as a lengthy article published in the Transvaal Leader on 21 December 1908 and the Cape Times on 22 December 1908 (p.9); it appeared as a short book in 1909.