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Letter ReferenceG.W. Cross MS 14, 462/8
ArchiveCory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday August 1895
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToG.W. Cross
Other VersionsRive 1987: 257
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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. Content indicates the letter was written during August 1895.
1 My very dear Friend
3 I have sent you a copy of the paper on the political situation which I
4& my husband produced & which he read here last week. I should like to
5know what you feel about it if ever you can find time to write to me
6about the. The Cape Telegraph & Argus have both refused to dis-cuss it
7on the ground of its being a woman's work, & the former had a very
8little leader on the wrong of interesting themselves on public matters.
9 You don't know how tender I feel to you & Mr Lloyd because you are
10the only two men I know in South Africa, who would not dis-count a
11woman's work merely because it was a woman's work.
13 I have been so very glad to hear from my mother that you were looking
14well again after your long illness. I am getting much better now &
15able to work.
17 Yours affectionately
18 Olive Schreiner
20 The Homestead
21 Kimberley
22 Thursday
The paper Schreiner refers to is her The Political Situation; Cronwright-Schreiner read this at a meeting in Kimberley Town Hall on 20 August 1895 and it appeared in book form in 1896. Rive's (1987) version omits part of the letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.