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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/29
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 25 July 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. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in De Aar from November 1907 until she left South Africa for Britain and Europe in December 1913, with some fairly lengthy visits elsewhere over this time.
1 Friday morning
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3 Dear Will
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5 Jim Sauer’s body went past this morning at a quarter past two. Oh
6Will, the tragedy of it that his last act should have been that native
7land bill. Of course he meant to administer it so wisely & carefully
8that it would do no harm; but one cannot for a moment countenance evil
9& oppression in the hope of our power of there by doing future good.
10It is for his sake that I feel so sorry. It spoils a lifes record. His
11death affects me strangely. I realize so what he must have suffered
12during the last days. But the suffering was short. Our men in any
13sense liberal are dying out & there seem none to take their place,
14unless it be possible to arouse the working men to see their duty to
15all labour.
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17 I hope the children trot you out to golf sometimes.
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19 Thy small sister
20 Olive
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