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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/64
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 November 1900
Address FromHanover, 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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content.
1 My dear Friend,
2
3 I expect you & Miss Greene will be wanting to attend the woman’s
4congress at the Paarl on the 10th. I have had a wire asking me to go.
5I can’t both on account of the expense, & because I should be too ill
6there to speak. But I’m going to write a little letter. I’m feeling
7wonderfully played out, the last little time, & shan’t be able to
8write much of a letter. What is the memorial about which you speak of?
9Is it the list of the resolutions passed at the woman’s Leeds meeting
10against war? Please tell me. Is it anything I could make use of in my
11speech
? What do the women want me to do about it. I can’t quite make
12out. Is it something they want us to take up here? I’m not sure that I
13could get you rooms at the hotel unless I knew some time before so let
14me know as soon as you can if you think you are coming. Stead sent a
15cable to me some time ago from the International ^Peace^ Committee but
16it has never reached me. Has certainly been stopped by the authorities
17in Cape Town.
18
19 I got no African news today. Our Englishman tells me that Judge
20Hertzog & 50 burgers passed through Philips Town ten days ago, & that
21they went to old Vander Walts farm & took 1000 horses that the British
22have there (they use it as a stud farm) & were over the border i into
23the Free State with them the next
24
25 ^morning.
26
27 I hope Miss Greene is getting better.
28 Olive^
29
Notation
Regarding her Paarl women's peace congress comment, 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).