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Letter ReferenceLevine Collection/17
ArchiveRonald Levine Collection, Johannesburg
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateAugust 1908
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToMrs Balmsforth
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The Project is grateful to Ronald Levine for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of the Ronald Levine Collection. Content indicates where the letter was written from. A letter Schreiner wrote to Lucy Molteno on 20 August 1908 refers to a meeting to be held at Mrs Brown’s (Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/55), which suggests the letter was perhaps written just before this, and thus its dating. The Balmsforths are mentioned in various letters which indicate that Schreiner knew them over a period of years; Ramsden Balmsforth was a Unitarian clergyman who opposed the South African War, but no further information about the Balmsforths has been established.
1Dear Mrs Balmsforth
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3The meeting has had to be put an end to, as I have just found Mrs
4Brown is getting up a meeting at Rondebosch on that day, & I don’t
5want to take any of the people who might go there. So I am getting Mrs
6Macintosh to go there to speak. I was going to have the meeting here
7in town. I do wish it wasnt such a climb to get to you. I should often
8look in & see you.
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10Yours ever
11Olive Schreiner
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