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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold1/Dated/25
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date24 April 1909
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToJulie Brown
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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. Schreiner has written the year of this letter as '90', but content indicates the date is 1909, which is what an unknown hand has written on the letter.
1 De Aar,
2 April 24 / 90
3
4 My dear old Julie
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6 You looked so pretty & well & happy I thought you must be in love &
7going to get married! But you are better as you are?
8
9 I hope I’ll be strong enough & able to see a lot of you all when
10next we come in June. I felt as if all of me was under water except
11just the top of my head - & nearly that.
12
13 I hope the mother is going to write that paper to read at Mrs de
14Villiers. I am writing to suggest to Mrs Minny de Villiers that she
15write an article on the laws concerning woman’s position in South
16Africa. She could get much help from her husband who is such a fine
17barrister. No one could write it without continual advice from a
18barrister or they might make mistakes which would be serious. We women
19can’t afford to make mistakes in what we write. Isabella Ford has
20just written to me to ask if they can reprint Cron’s little paper in
21England.
22
23 It’s so nice to know you are always watching over the little mother.
24
25 I am determinately not letting myself think too much about the new
26constitution. I am consoling myself with Burns’s two lines
27 "The best laid schemes o’mice & men,
28 Gang aft a-glee."
29 They may not succeed in doing all they dream of.
30
31^Good bye darling. Your old friend ^
32 Olive
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34 We have thunderstorms & rain nearly every day.
35
Notation
The various papers Schreiner refers to on women's suffrage matters cannot be traced as insufficient information to trace them is provided.