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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/39
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date27 July 1909
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address ToMorley's Hotel, Trafalgar Square, London
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 address this letter was sent to is provided by its last sentence.
1^de Aar ^
2 July 27th 1909
4 My dear Laddie
6 I have a letter from Alice Corthorn by this mail, telling me she had
7dinner with you & Fan (she doesn’t mention Dot! I wonder if she wasn’t
8there?) She was much attracted by our Fan. She tells me she hopes you
9are coming to see her some Sunday afternoon. I hope you’ll manage it.
11 Adela is very ill: her nurse wrote to me this week saying they feared
12a mis-carriage for her. I do hope you’ll be able to see her before you
15 I am longing for a line from you to tell me what you find the tone of
16things there. I fear rather hopeless. The only hope for the native
17that I see is that as soon as the Union is fixed, the politicians will
18begin to fall out over spoils & places, & when the oppressors fall out,
19 the weak sometimes come by their own! Of course many will try to make
20the anti-native policy the point of Union, & when they see there is
21likely to be division draw the native questions to the fore, to pull
22all together. But will they succeed? Who can say? At present of course
23every one is playing down to the Union, with their mouth open seeing
24what will fall in. When nothing falls in, or not what was expected,
25then the howl will begin!
27 Dear Laddie, I hope in spite if all the time in England will do you
30 Tell Fan, I don’t expect her to write to me! If she does I’ll be so
31surprised I shan’t get over it for a full month!
33 All goes on here as ever. Cron sends his love.
35 ^Thy small sister^
36 Olive
38 ^I hope dear old Tengu Jabavu is standing firm. I am addressing this to
39Morley’s Hotel, as Alice doesn’t tell me where you are.^