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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1890/11
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 2 December 1890
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 182
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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. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Tuesday
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3 My dear Will,
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5 The Sauer's have been here. I’m going up with them to Bloemfontein.
6I like Mrs Sauer. Sauer spoke several time of you! Don’t know if he
7did it purposely for me to repeat it, but dwelt much on some talk he
8had once had with you, & how much you & he were alike in views. And
9said several time, Rhodes & all the rest of us would do anything we
10could to help him at an election, even if he did not come in on our
11side, we all decided on that. He insisted on dragging the subject in,
12& raised this several times, so I presume it was for me to repeat it,
13so I do whatever it’s worth. I should like you to unreadable enter
14parliamentary life, but not as in opposition to the present government
15naturally. I can’t see why you should, you are as much for the Dutch
16& Africa for the Afrikanders as Rhodes or Sauer. But the deeper I get
17into colonial politics the more I feel there are few principles at the
18root of your parties
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20^only personal feelings. I shall have to come to town for a couple of
21days before I go to Bloemfontein to have a dress altered. ^
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23 Olive
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Notation
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.