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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box 12/Fold1/Undated/5
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: 1896 ; Before End: 1898
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 273-4
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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. A range of years has been written on this part-letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident at The Homestead, Kimberley, from mid 1894 to late 1898. The start of this letter is missing.
1[page/s missing]
5If Tant’ Sannie is a Dutch woman Bonaparte Blenkins is an Irishman!
6Fancy my Home Rule friends crying out that I am false to the cause
7that I have traverstied the Irishman!! It would be a sad day of art
8when each [papertorn] character not ideally perfect was regarded as an
9attack upon the nation whose nationality it shared!
11Drop me a line.
13^I had a wire from the Editor of the Standard & Diggers News at
14Johannesburg saying the article had made a great sens-ation there, &
15was “greatly admired”, but he didn’t say whether by Dutch or English.^
The references are to characters in The Story of an African Farm. The articles referred to cannot be established. Rive's (1987) version misdates this letter as 22 April 1896, attaches it to another letter of this date addressed to Will Schreiner (Olive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold3/1896/13), and is also in a number of minor respects incorrect.