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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/17
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 March 1900
Address FromWagenaars Kraal, Three Sisters, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno
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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. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content. Schreiner stayed at Wagenaars Kraal from 21 February until late July 1900.
1 March 5 / 00
2
3 Dear Friend
4
5 So glad of your letter. Yes, my darling Boys letter in the Speaker was
6splendid. I will send you his other interviews in the Guardian Daily News
7etc if you have not seen them
8
9 My sister-in-law writes me that a great crowd gathered about their
10house at St James hooting & throwing stones. It will be a nice memory
11for the English children to grow up with of English justice & English
12freedom. I got a letter the other day telling me to warn my brother
13than his days on earth were numbered!!! But these cowards will only
14kill one in the dark.
15
16 I am getting my book on the Boer done. I wish I were in the Transvaal
17but I can do more here.
18
19 The end is not yet.
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21 Olive
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Notation
Cronwright-Schreiner's 'interviews' in the Guardian and the Daily News have not been traced, but for his account of his 'stop the war' speaking tour, see S.C. Cronwright-Schreiner (1916) The Land of Free Speech London: New Age Press. The 'book on the Boers' refers to is the never completed '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.