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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/56
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date7 October 1900
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
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 name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content.
1 Hanover
2 Oct 7 / 00
4 Dear Friend
6 Its Nachmaal ^Lord’s supper.^ Many of the people have been to see me.
7Its curious when your friends in calling on you generally tell you a
8matter of course that their brother’s sons, or father’s are in
9prison. It’s so commonplace one hardly notices it. On Thursday next
10we are going out to a farm a about an hours drive from this for a
11day’s fishing. The farmer is going to send his cart for us. Its so
12nice here with these dear good people.
14 I am finishing my speech for the Somerset Woman’s Meeting. It’s
15rather strong, but I can speak in my own name & ^so^ make no one
16responsible for what I say but myself. I think you & Miss Greene will
17sympathize with it. It will be a great relief to me to have had my
18full say! Now is the time when one must cheer the spirits of the
19people up. A woman who comes from Colesburg says that last night they
20heard the cannons firing at Orange River. I wonder if there is
21fighting going on there.
23 Its a strange world.
25 Yours lovingly
26 Olive
Regarding her speech to the Somerset East women's peace congress, Schreiner sent written addresses to some of the Volkskongresses and peace congresses and she spoke at others, as follows: Graaff-Reinet Volkskongres, April 1900 (spoke); Cape Town women's meeting, June 1900 (spoke); Somerset East peace congress, October 1900 (a letter of address); Paarl, November 1900 peace congress (a letter of address); Worcester Volkskongres, December 1900 (spoke).