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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/65
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date15 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. Schreiner was resident in Hanover from September 1900 to October 1907, after 1902 with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere.
1 Dear Friend
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3 Your speech was simply splendid. I don’t think I can afford to come
4down to Worcester, as I can send a written speech. It would be merely
5the joy & comfort of seeing you all. You I am writing to Cartwright
6telling him he can reprint my article & am sending him a copy of the
7Ethical Review. Yes, the people’s hearts are breaking over the
8women & children.
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10 I am sending you a book by my friend Havelock Ellis in England. I wish
11Miss Greene or you would write a review of it for the African News.
12When you have read it please be sure to send it my sister-in-law. I
13want my brother Will to read it. I am well & working hard again
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15 Olive
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17 The memorial came all right. I’m going to send a reply & have it
18printed in the ^African News.^
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20 ^If I did come down to Worcester I should go to Cape Town for two days
21before returning as I want to know how things are going I am so in the dark.^
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Notation
Regarding her Worcester 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). The article Schreiner wrote to Albert Cartwright about cannot be established. No sign of a Schreiner response to 'the memorial' mentioned can be found in the South African News over the relevant period. For the Ethical Review article, see: "The African Boer I" Ethical World vol 111, no 35, 1 September 1900 pp.545-6; "The African Boer II" Ethical World vol 111, no 36, 8 September 1900 pp.561-2; "The African Boer III" Ethical World vol 111, no 37, 15 September 1900 pp.577-8; "The African Boer IV" Ethical World vol 111, no 38, 22 September 1900 pp.595-6; "The African Boer V" Ethical World vol 111, no 39, 29 September 1900 pp.611-12; "The African Boer VI" Ethical World vol 111, no 40, 6 October 1900 pp.627-8; "The African Boer VII" Ethical World vol 111, no 41, 13 October 1900 pp.645-7; and "The African Boer VIII" Ethical World vol 111, no 42, 20 October 1900 pp.661-6.