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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold2/July-Dec1899/16
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date8 August 1899
Address FromJohannesburg, Transvaal
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 372
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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. Schreiner was resident in Berea, Johannesburg, from December 1898 until late August 1899.
1 Aug 8th 1899
3 Dear Laddie,
5 I got most depressing news from Pretoria this morning from one of the
6head officials there. Tell me if you can by letter shortly what you
7feel. Be sure & close your letter carefully.
9 What is the meaning of Rhodes last speech? Is he trying to play up to
10your party; or is it something deeper. Does he feel war is just coming,
11 & wishes it to said he was not on that side so that he may in in for
12good pickings when it is over? Of course don’t answer this if you
13feel it too much effort. Save yourself for your work.
15 Olive
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter.