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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/10
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date20 April 1907
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 name of the addressee of this letter is indicated by salutation and content.
1 Hanover
2 April 20th 1907
4 Dear Friend
6 I wonder if you are back alone in Switzerland? I do hope you & Alice
7will soon be together. I wonder if you have you seen Anna Purcell or
8my dear little niece Dot at Newnham, if you have been in England.
10 Dear, to me the question of woman emancipation in all ways seems
11unreadable just one of the root questions. Of course men doe must
12fight for it if they are freedom loving & ?humanism, just as women
13must fight for men. The whole question seems to me not one of sex but
14of common human ^duty &^ right. The insult seems to me ^to be,^ to take
15any notice of ^the^ sex ^of an individual^ in things which have nothing to
16do with the reproductive function or sex. We have started a little
17society at Cape Town which I hope will grow.
19 I am much better since that little four days visit to the shop at Port
20Elizabeth. We stayed at Kind Edward’s Mansions, those superb new
21buildings just behind the Lady Donkin memorial, & I was better that
22there than I’ve been any where for years. It’s so high & dry &
23airy, & you see nothing but the sea & the ships. If you & Miss Greene
24were still living there I should go & stay in P.E. for months. I’m
25back here alone again but much better for the change.
27 Good bye, my dear one. Love to you both.
28 Olive