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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/8
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFebruary 1900
Address FromCape Town, Western 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 month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content. Schreiner stayed in Cape Town from late November 1899 to mid February 1900.
1 My dear Friend
3 I send you a cheque for £50 which I’m sure you must be needing for
4the "news" & all sorts of things. I’ve got £100 from America today
5for some articles on the woman question & shall have heaps of money if
6ever I’m well enough to finish my books, but this climate is a sort
7of death, because one never gets fresh air. Pl I feel some how so
8confident about the future to the Transvaal, that that doesn’t
9trouble me. Rhodes & the Uitlanders will never get it.
11 Olive
13^I feel so idiotic in my anxiety about Cron. I feel he’ll die in
14England or something will happen to him; & I’m so far from him.
15Parting from him like this is the hardest thing that ever happened to
16me in my life. ^
18 OS
The articles on 'Woman' were originally conceived as part of a major theoretical work on 'man and woman', but the manuscript was left in Johannesburg when Schreiner went to Karree Kloof in late August 1899 and was destroyed when her house was badly damaged and burned by marauding troops during the war. They eventually became Woman and Labour.