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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold2/1895/13
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateDecember 1895
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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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. The month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The letter is on a very torn piece of paper, taped at the edges, which are frayed away, and there are many missing words.
1Dear Laddie I should like very much to accept your kind invitation,
2but I am afraid it may be a little awkward for you if we stay at your
3house, with Miss Rhodes Lilly Orpen Maddie &c, if we stay at your
4house they may think you are identified with us. [wordsmissing] have not
5slightest objection objection to [wordsmissing] Lily Orpen is not
6 [wordsmissing] to continue the disgraceful & quite uncalled for attacks
7she made on me in Grahamstown, [wordsmissing] if I am in your house than
8anywhere else; & Miss Rhodes I presume is a lady. But it might be
9painful to you & Fan to have us. We shall likely spend New Years day
10at Matjesfontein come down to Cape Town [wordsmissing] Saturday, so we
11shall be there from Sunday [wordsmissing] Wednesday afternoon. It is all
12very well to say they leave [wordsmissing] alone: they simply dare not
13attack [wordsmissing] ever [wordsmissing] meet you as they do [wordsmissing]
14whether it would not
16^really be right to rise up & slaughter the philistines!! I have just
17received another letter from [wordsmissing] heaping insult upon insult,
18though I have never written him one word on politics; [wordsmissing]
19asking him please not to refer to them to me. I have not read his
20letter in the Christian nor do I intend to. I only ask to be
21personally left [wordsmissing] may write [wordsmissing] he likes of
22 [wordsmissing] letter^