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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/10
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 26 February 1908
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in De Aar from November 1907 until she left South Africa for Britain and Europe in December 1913, with some fairly lengthy visits elsewhere over this time.
1 Wednesday morning
3 Dear Laddie
5 Dear old Kier Hardie is with us he leaves tonight for Cape Town
6staying at the Royal Hotel Plein street (Hirsch’s) If you could show
7him any kindness or attention take him to lunch or out to dinner at St
8James or any other little thing it would be the greatest kindness ^to me.^
9I offered to give him a letter of introduction to you, but he is so
10sensitive ^& proud^ after all the attacks that have been made on him in
11this country, that he won’t go to see people till they go to see him.
12 If you can spare time to f show him a little attention I will feel it
15 I meet old Naude last night. He says it is very doubtful whether Berry
16will get in, thinks you have better chance. Miss Naude told Cron that
17people in Queenstown think you will head the poll, & Greeff will be
18second & that Berry will not get not in!
20 I wish I had had time for a real talk with Berry Naude, he would have
21spoken confidentially, but there was only ten minutes. I am sending
22the book of Tucker’s asthma cure, & will write & ask him a bit about
23things there.
25 Poor dear old Kier Hardie has had appendicitis & been operated on &
26after his motor accident is still far from strong. I will be so glad
27of any little attention you can how him. Tell Fan, I say she must go &
28see him. He was the strongest Pro-Boer in England; sometimes almost
29facing death at the hands of mobs in the pro-Boer cause. He admires
30Frank Reitz so much, & is so interested in his translation of Burns.
31He would be so happy with Fan if you would ask him out. Tell Fan what
32I say.
34 Good bye.
35 Olive