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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold2/July-Dec1899/42
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date17 November 1899
Address FromLyndall, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape
Address ToGirls Collegiate School, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Who ToBetty Molteno
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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 and the address this letter was sent to are provided by an attached envelope.
1 Lyndall
2 Newlands
3 Cape Town
4 Nov 17 / 99
6 Dear Friend
8 I have your letter & return the cuttings. I am sending you a very nice
9pamphlet & letter I got from a Presbyterian minister at Dundee in
10Scotland. There are some who see the wickedness & injustice of this
11war in England & who are fighting for us.
13 All life must be a battle against injustice & lies, & only when death
14comes will there be a sweet sleep. It goes to ones heart to know that
15these brave English soldiers & ^African^ Burgers must die, for this
16handful of miserable Uitlanders & speculators – but out of evil may,
17must yet come good. "Thou ?God that which thou sowest is not quickened
18unless it die.
20 Yours ever & ever
21 Olive
23 I am going to try & get the military authorities to ^let me^ get a
24letter through to dear Mrs Lloyd.
Some newspaper cuttings are attached to this letter from the Cape Daily Telegraph, and include letters from old and present Collegiate girls denying that Molteno ever spoke about politics at school, as she was apparently earlier accused earlier of doing in The Advertiser newspaper.