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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/21
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 9 April 1909
Address FromEastbergholt, Tamboer?s Kloof Road, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToAbdullah Abdurahman
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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. This is a photographed copy of the original letter.
1 Private
2 Eastbergholt
3 Tamboer’s Kloof Road
4 Friday
6 Dear Dr Abdurahman
8 It was a great pleasure to me to meet you & your wife yesterday & I
9trust that our brief acquaintance may ripen into sincere friendship.
11 It is a strange thing that you remind me so much voice, manner,
12appearance & character of FS Malan! I much hope I shall some day be
13able to bring Malan fully into line with us. He is almost the old only
14leading man who does seem capable of seeing our question from the wide
15moral & human side.
17 I am sending you a little paper I wrote during the war. The last page
18will show you that even then I was thinking of & as far as I could
19working for our cause.
21 As soon as the Union Parliament meets I mean to gather to gather a
22body of white women, & make an appeal to be heard at the bar of the
23house, – on ^to petition for extended rights to the native & the
24doing away of the colour bar^ on the ground that having no vote our
25voice has not been heard in the drafting of the constitution. If they
26refuse us I will print the speech I intended to make.
28 I think your paper first rate. Please return the enclosed paper at
29once, as it is the only copy I have, & I need it.
31 Yours very sincerely
32 Olive Schreiner
The 'little paper I wrote during the war' which Schreiner sent with her letter cannot be established. The 'paper' by Abdurahman referred to is the newspaper of the African People's Organisation which he headed.