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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/23
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateApril 1900
Address FromWagenaars Kraal, Three Sisters, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToFrances ('Fan') Schreiner nee Reitz
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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 month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner stayed at Wagenaars Kraal from 21 February until late July 1900.
1 My dear Fan,
3 I send you Cron’s letter; there’s not much of interest in it this week.
4 One doesn’t feel able to write about any thing.
6 It’s rather fine the old Queen sending that letter & photograph to
7Kekewich! Commercial asset Rhodes will not be pleased! My feeling is
8that public opinion is changing faster in England than people suppose.
9The working men are like the Boers, they don’t talk or write much but
10they tell at an election!! Good bye dear I’ve sent home the first part
11of my article. It won’t be my fault if the English people don’t know
12what the Boer is like. Tell Will I am anything but good in his sense
13as he will find out one of these days
15 ^if we live.
17 Olive^
The particular article Schreiner was 'sending home' is uncertain, but might have been 'The Boer'; it was also intended for this to appear in 'Stray Thoughts on South Africa', 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.