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Letter ReferenceG.W. Cross MS 14, 462/12
ArchiveCory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: August 1895 ; Before End: December 1895
Address Fromna
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Who ToG.W. Cross
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The Project is grateful to the Cory Library for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of their collections. The letter has been dated by reference to content, which suggests it was written in the wake of Rhodes' Chartered Company's activities in Matabeleland and Mashonaland and the massacres there, but before Schreiner's visit to the Kowie River in August 1896.
1 My dear Mr Cross
3 I return with many thanks Mr Moffats letter though with sorrow that I
4have to return it. I much wish I could have sent it to W Stead of
5London, because when you discuss Rhodes with him he always says - "Ah
6but think of the noble work for Jesus & civilization he is doing in
7Mashona land". Not that Mr Moffats letter contained any news to me:
8what he says my husband & I have already many times heard from
9different friends in Mashona land, but the name of Moffat carries
10right with it, in such matters. I wish we could meet Mr Moffat & have
11a talk with him.
13 I am perhaps coming down to Grahamstown in January & one of the great
14joys will be a long talk with you. If I am well enough we shall
15perhaps spend a couple of months at the Kowie.
17 Yours with heartfelt greetings
18 Olive Schreiner