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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold4/1901/32
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 26 April 1901
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. Schreiner was resident in Hanover from September 1900 to October 1907, after 1902 with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere.
1 Friday night
2
3 Darling Friend
4
5 I was so glad of your letter today. I see the Daily News as Mrs
6Philpot
sends it regularly to us. I would send it you when I’ve read
7it, but it would be rather too old, eh? They have written to ask me to
8write for it but of course I can’t while I’m up here under martial
9law.
10
11 My head is a little bit better tonight & I hope I shall be able to
12work at my woman article tomorrow. One forgets everything while one
13works.
14
15 Love to you both
16 Olive
17
18 ^I suppose my letters to you are still always opened by the censor?^
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Notation
The 'woman article' refers to two linked essays published in the US under the title of 'Woman', and which eventually became Woman and Labour. They were part of a major theoretical work, a book on the 'man and woman' question. However, the manuscript, left in Johannesburg when Schreiner went to Karree Kloof in late August 1899, was destroyed when her house was badly damaged and burned by marauding troops during the South African War.