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Letter ReferenceG.W. Cross MS 14, 462/9
ArchiveCory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateJanuary 1896
Address FromKowie Rover (Port Alfred), Eastern Cape
Address To
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. Content indicates a likely date of January 1896, when Schreiner left the Kowie River for Middelburg, and when knowledge of the abortive Jameson Raid and Rhodes' complicity in it became widespread.
1 Dear Friend
3 Thanks for the card & the cutting. It was very good to have a peep at
4you, though it would have been better if I could have seen more of you.
5 We pass through Grahamstown tomorrow morning on our way to Middleburg
6where we shall probably stay for a month. The asthma got very bad here.
8 My dear friends Miss Molteno & Miss Greene are staying at Miss
9Clough's boardinghouse in Beaufort Street. If you would make time to
10call on them, I know it would be a real pleasure to them to meet you,
11& I feel sure if you would only get to know them really you would feel
12the richer for it. Miss Molteno especially is certainly one of the
13half dozen noblest woman souls I have met.
15 I wish very much I had meet Mrs Cross. I have heard so much of her
16from my mother who feels much drawn to her.
18 Yours with affectionate greetings from the very heart.
19 Olive Schreiner
21 I hope your sympathies are on the side of the Chartered Company as
22opposed to the Chartered Company. The one good which may grow out of
23it is that may break the nightmare power which Rhodes has exercised
24over the country.
26 My address will be Commercial Hotel, Middleburg, Cape Colony.
28 Be sure to put Cape Colony on or letters often go to Middleburg in the