"Trying to help Will Schreiner politically; I want 'She wrote Peter Halket' on my grave; it's what it cost me" Read the full letter
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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/8
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 8 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. Schreiner stayed in Matjesfontein from late December 1908 to late March 1909. The final insertion is on part of a letter from Cronwright-Schreiner to her.
1 Monday
2
3 Theo is doing very well. Wants more soup than the doctor allows him to
4have, which is a very good sign. Saturday is the 21st day after that
5he may get up.
6
7 All good be with you dear. I am so distressed at the length of time
8the trial is taking for your sake. I see from the papers that you are
9to defend Makuilamana. Watching the case carefully it seems to me
10almost necessary you should but I long to know you are through it all.
11
12 Enclosed is a line from Cron. He tells me an Eastern Province farmer
13called ?Weber has been to see him & was so enthusiastic in his praise
14of you. You have a great many devoted lovers who have never seen you
15
16 Jan Smuts & his wife wired me to meet them at the station the station
17night before last. It was nice to see their dear faces. I believe they
18love me as I love them, & no political differences will ever really
19divide me from them or Malan.
20
21 Your little sister
22 Olive
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24^From Cron to me ^
25 OS
26 I’ve told him you are going round by sea!
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Notation
The part of a letter from Cronwright-Schreiner comments that if Will were to travel overland, then he would go to the station to see him: 'P.S. If your brother Will returns overland, let me know when he will pass here. It will be nice to go and shake his hand...'.