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Letter ReferenceAlfred Mattison, Goldfields Collection, MS 16098/1
ArchiveCory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date13 April 1896
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToAlfred ('Alf', 'Mat') Mattison
Other VersionsRive 1987: 273
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Legend
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 Kimberley S.A.
2 April 13 / 96
3
4 Dear Mat
5
6 Political affairs have been taking all the life out of me to such an
7extent that I've not been writing to any one, & never got a chance of
8writing to tell you how glad I was to get your letter & book.
9
10 I may be coming to England at the end of this year & then I'll see you
11perhaps; any how I shall in the summer (that is about a year from now)
12when I mean to go north. I want my husband to see the north country
13life & the north country folk, who are the best in England.
14
15 We have been having terrible times out here. You people in England
16don't know what the heel of a capitalist is, when it gets right flat
17on the neck of a people! We have an awful struggle before us in this
18country.
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20 It's no case of not being allowed to fish on somebody else's ground! -
21you won't be allowed soon to have even a soul of our own. Now we are
22killing the poor Matabele.
23
24 Good bye dear old man.
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26 Yours hoping to see you soon
27 Olive
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29 ^Love to Edward & all the dear folk at Millthorpe when you see them.^
30
Notation
Rive's (1987) version of this letter omits part of it and is also in a number of respects incorrect.