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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/13
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 1900
Address Fromna
Address To
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 year of this letter as 1900 is surmised from content and its place in the archival sequence. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content. The first page of the letter is missing.
1 2
3 Monday
5 I was so glad to get your note to-day.
7 Isn’t old Cronje making a splendid fight. I have not yet given up
8hope for him if they can send him reinforcements from the north as
9surely they will try to do. If only they can hold on as the Dutch did
10in Holland against Spain, & know that the darkest hour is just before
11the dawning, all may yet be saved. But it is a wonderful, wonderful
12fight they are fighting. Isn’t that a magnificent article in the
13News from "the speaker" – "The New Flotation." Did you read it
14carefully, its one of the best things that’s ever been written on
15the situation & Rhodes & the capitalists.
17 I wish you & Miss Green could get away. I am going to try & finish my
18book, but though I’m so much better I weak still. It seems like a
19dream that I was so well when you were in town able to ride about on
20the tops of the Busses.
22 Good bye
23 Olive
The article mentioned, 'The New Flotation', cannot be traced. The book referred to is most likely 'Stray Thoughts on South Africa', which was to have been composed by the essays originally published pseudonymously as by 'A Returned South African'. Although prepared for book publication, a dispute with a US publisher and the South African War (1899-1902) prevented this. They and some other essays were posthumously published as Thoughts on South Africa.