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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/69
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 11 December 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 Thursday
2
3 Dear Friend
4
5 I wonder you didn’t like Ellis book. It expresses just what I said
6in my second Boer article that you liked so, only Ellis puts it much
7more cleverly & with interestingly. I wonder if Miss Greene will see
8it. Send it to Merriman before you send it to my brother. Ellis
9believes & has believed for years that England is in a condition of
10absolute decay.
11
12 P I am still feeling very ill, not asthma but continual sudden fits of
13faintness that I can’t understand. But however ill I am I’ll come.
14
15 Cron has written a speech for the meeting just his dear simple
16straightforward self that I love so. His mother & friends are becoming
17very bitter against him because of his stand. I feel for him, because
18they are so much to him.
19
20 Good bye dear.
21 Olive
22
Notation
Schreiner's 'second Boer' article is: "Stray Thoughts on South Africa ? The Boer Woman and the Nineteenth Century Woman?s Question" Cosmopolis vol 10, April 1898, pp.12-29. Schreiner had intended this and other originally pseudonymously published essays by 'A Returned South African' to appear in a book to be called 'Stray Thoughts on South Africa'. Although prepared for publication, a dispute with a US publisher and the South African War (1899-19020 prevented this. They and some other essays were posthumously published as Thoughts on South Africa. The book referred to is: Havelock Ellis (1900) The Nineteenth Century London: Grant Richards.