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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/6
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date28 June 1908
Address FromEastbergholt, Tamboer?s Kloof Road, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToFrederick ('Fred') Pethick-Lawrence
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 281
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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. A typescript only of this letter is available. The transcription here follows this typescript and includes any uncertain dates, ellipses, mistakes and so on.
1 Eastbergholt
2 Tamboers Kloof
3 June 28th, 1908
4
5 We had but a very short wire about the demonstration last Sunday but
6one can gather from that what a splendid success it was. What is so
7splendid to me in all this suffragette movement is, not what they are
8going to get, what they must and will ultimately get, but that they
9are freeing themselves. Its a finer thing than women’s being given
10the vote, that those women are free, with the freedom one can only
11give oneself.
12
13 I am working at my novel now.
14
15 I hope your wife is keeping strong. I am so fearful of the great
16strain breaking more of our women than Constance Lytton down. Do write
17and tell me how things go.
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Notation
The novel Schreiner was 'working at' is From Man to Man. The version of this letter in Cronwright-Schreiner (1924) is incorrect in various ways.