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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/67
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date27 November 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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in Hanover from September 1900 to October 1907, after 1902 with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation. In the final paragraph, the paper is torn and frayed, patched with brown-tape and the content difficult to read.
1 Dear Friend
3 I am sending you an article I have just finished (part of my book on
4South Africa). You & Miss Greene & Mrs Murray can read it if you like;
5& please lend it to Mr Marchand of Rondebosch. But please post it for
6me in a registered envelope like this next week to Mrs Philpot
7(Philpot) 61 Chester Square London SW.
9 I don’t believe I shall succeed in getting anything for it in London,
10 but I am sending one copy to America by this post.
12 Please be sure to send it next week.
14 I could make it much better if I could condense & rewrite it once more
15but I am too tired, & it’s the truth to me anyhow however badly put.
17 Olive
19 ^We shall leave this on Monday afternoon – get to Worcester Wednesday
20 [pagetorn, 6 x wordmissing] this on Tuesday but I think that we’ll
21hardly be safe as if we get to Worcester unreadable on Thursday & the
22train may be delayed & we miss the meeting.^
The 'book on South Africa' refers to '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 prevented this. They and some other essays were posthumously published as Thoughts on South Africa. The particular article Schreiner refers to cannot be pinned down.