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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold5/1898/12
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date22 June 1898
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToFrances ('Fan') Schreiner nee Reitz
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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 name of the addressee is indicated by content.
1 I am so afraid that even if the vote of no confidence is carried those
2evil serpents will manage to keep in. No sense of shame will ever
3drive them out. We were both delighted at your brother’s being State
4Secretary, nothing but could be better. He sent Cron a copy of his new
5selection of poems in the "Taal". Cron is by way of learning high
6Dutch now! He’ll pick it up very quickly I think. I wonder what view
7the little mother takes of politics now? I never mention them to her.
8Good bye dear. I wish I knew what they were doing in Parliament
11 Olive
13 Here’s a fine signature for your friend
15 Olive Schreiner
17 The Homestead
18 Kimberley
19 June 22nd 1898
'Here's a fine signature' refers to a particular elaborate squiggle following the last letter of 'Olive Schreiner'.