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Letter ReferenceG.W. Cross MS 14, 462/4
ArchiveCory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date20 February 1895
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToG.W. Cross
Other VersionsRive 1987: 247-8
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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.
1 The Homestead
2 Feb 20 / 95
4 My very dear Friend
6 I have just been reading your letter which was a very great comfort &
7help to me. You do not know how sore anything like conflict is to me.
8Yet all my life I have had to fight. It has been so impossible for me
9to see things eye to eye with the world about me. My heaven is a place
10where is work but no conflict. Yet it is a heaven I cannot enter,
11because if one is compelled to say what one believes, it means
12conflict whether one wills it or not.
14 I do not yet know what could give one the strength to live & give more
15work to the world if it were not the thought of all the rare &
16beautiful fellow sol souls one knows are in it with one. Is there no
17chance of your coming up to Kimberley at all? I hope we shall go down
18to Grahamstown early next year, & then we shall have the pleasure of
19seeing you.
Rive's (1987) version of this letter is in a number of respects incorrect.