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Letter ReferencePatrick Duncan BC 294/D1.33.3
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date10 September 1913
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToPatrick Duncan
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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 Sep 10th 1913
3
4 Dear Mr Duncan
5
6 Both my husband & I have been profoundly interested in your program in
7?today paper. It is something of hope amid great darkness. Would you
8mind answering me three questions.
9
10 1) If persons say with such views on the native question were to join
11you, would our views make it impossible for us to work with your
12organization
13
14 2) Why as a democratic society, however moderate, do you not make the
15enfranchisement of women. There is no fear of its coming too soon as
16the retrogressive Dutch Element will always be against it for many
17years. Would a persons holding strong views on the giving of vote to
18women make them unsuitable members of your party.
19
20 3) You do not make imperialism one of the ground principles of your
21party. Would it, in your opinion, make it impossible for any one to
22work with you if they were not imperialists?
23
24 If you care to answer these questions, please do so quite frankly. You
25may feel that our views are too extreme to make our working
26im-possible
27
28 Yours sincerely
29 Olive Schreiner
30
Notation
The 'programme' from Patrick Duncan which was reported in the 10 September 1913 newspaper was related to his 1912 pamphlet Suggestions for a Native Policy Johannesburg: Central News Agency.