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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/24
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date4 June 1913
Address FromDe Aar, Northern 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.
1 De Aar
2 June 4th 1913
4 Dear Laddie
6 I was glad to see in the Times I got yesterday that you had won your
7big case at Bloemfontein. Its a most interesting & complex case, but
8they only give the three judges judgements not the Barristers
9arguments – but its good you won. If you get a cable saying how Ol
10passed his exam please let me know at once. Its good to think you will
11have the dear children with you at the end of the month. I suppose
12they will arrive about the 29th.
14 Good bye, dear old man
15 Olive
17 I am very glad you spoke as you did on the Amusement bill. Of course
18the serious thing so few seemed to see it was the making de Waal the
19"censor". It is strange how little the mass really care for freedom
20till it touches their pocket. You are playing a noble part in public
21life dear, though it leaves you very solitary in a sense, & with holds
22from you the ^external^ rewards of public life.
24 I wish Sauer & Merriman were both in opposition. Their brilliant gifts
25& powers are largely lost when they are in the government. I was
26delighted with old Merriman’s remark about that de Waal catechism.
27If they want religious instruction why don’t they teach the bible
28pure & simple. It’s curious that folk who pretend to believe they
29have the exact words of the infinite, should prefer to teach children
30their only little man framed dogmas.
32 I am hoping so much Lyndall will be able to spend a day at least with
33me on her way down. I asked her to write & tell me what little John
34Findlay was like. She says he is simply wonderful. I hope they don’t
35spoil the dear child; he may grow up to be something very valuable.