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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/16
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 March 1900
Address FromWagenaars Kraal, Three Sisters, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToFrances ('Fan') Schreiner nee Reitz
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Legend
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 Wagenaar’s Kraal
2 March 5th 1900
3
4 Dear old Fan
5
6 I was so glad to get your letter this morning. I am working hard to
7get my book on the Boer finished so that I may send it to England &
8America in a fortnights time. I breathe much better here, but cant get
9strong some how.
10
11 I wonder what our children thought of that hideous hooting crowd at St
12James. I should think they would grow up with a great passion for
13English rule, "Britannia the pride of the ocean the home of the brave
14& the free!"
15
16 Have you seen Cron’s interview in the Speaker which I enclose ^send
17with this^ You can send it on to Mrs Gie, with my love. He has had
18several other interviews also, & is very busy. On the 20th he goes to
19lecture at Hastings, & on the 21st at Leicester, & later on to York &
20Leeds &c.
21
22 "The end is not yet." I don’t know why I keep up my spirits so. Of
23course every one is very strong jingo, but they are very kind & never
24talk politics to me. I often wish that I had a humanbeing to speak to.
25Love to all the dear children. I wonder how Ursula looked at the crowd.
26 I hope she was asleep. I enclose a unreadable for unreadable
27
28 Return Cron’s interview in the Daily News which I send also.
29
30 Thanks for the Fortnightly & Nineteenth which I will return as soon as
31I have read them I wish I was in the Transvaal. But I can do more here.
32
33 Olive
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Notation
The Cronwright-Schreiner article in 'the Daily News' cannot be traced. The 'book on the Boers' refers to '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 prevented this. They and some other essays were posthumously published as Thoughts on South Africa.