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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold2/1895/8
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date15 July 1895
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 254
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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 The Homestead
2 July 15th 1895
4 My dear old Laddie
6 I don’t know what impells me to write to you this afternoon. I
7always feel a bit restless & sad about you. Not because the existing
8ministry may come to an end; but lest you should find those fail you
9in whom you have put your trust. Perhaps you would say, "In Politics
10one trust no one," but the worst is that one can hardly know much of
11people without insensibly coming to care for them & even against ones
12own keener insight, to trust them - & then if they fail one there is
13apt to be a great time of bitterness. But I have done so much
14idealizing of human beings in my time that perhaps I am apt to over
15estimate the dangers people run in this way.
17 If ever Rhodes does play back entering into Sivewrights hand he will
18find his mistake. I believe that Jamieson’s prophecy made years ago,
19will yet come true & that Sivewright will be the undoing of Rhodes.
21 I am feeling very well & strong & able to work much. The weather here
22is simply ideal. In summer I think we shall ^perhaps^ hire a house at
23Matjesfontein for two months, as in Jan. & Feb the heat is simply
24killing here. This is just a little word of love to you dear.
26 Your old chum
27 Olive
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.