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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold4/1901/29
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 18 April 1901
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. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content.
1 Hanover
2 Thursday
4 Dear Friend
6 The clothes will be most useful. If Mrs Molteno will send them I will
7pay the postage out of the money sent. They boys are going to school
8here for the present, at the end of a year they may go to Uitenhage.
9I’m so glad you’ll be at Miller’s Point during the oppressive
10heat Cron writes of. How dark things are here I can’t explain. Give
11my love to Miss Greene. Say I see her in my mind’s eye pulling up
12the weeds.
14 Isn’t that a dastardly attack on Sauer on account of his colour in
15the Cape Times. It makes me love him. Poor old Sauer. If that isn’t
16hitting below the belt I don’t know what is.
18 Olive
The 'dastardly attack' on Sauer was in the Cape Times 13 April 1901. Rather than 'colour' and thus 'race' in the modern sense, the slur concerned his 'Dutch' or Afrikaner heritage.