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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/45
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date12 July 1908
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToJulia Solly nee Muspratt
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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 in Cape Town from early July 1908 to early September 1908.
1 Dear Mrs Solly
3 Mrs Macfadyen spent a long afternoon with me. I like her more & more
4the more I see of her.
6 She said she would write to you about one or two suggestions I made.
7One is, that as she & the Secretary are both Progressives & Loyal Lady
8Leaguers it would be well to have two vice Presidents both living in
9Cape Town able, active women, who could take an active share in things.
10 The two I should propose would be Mrs Murray (Dr Murray of
11Kenilworth's wife) & Mrs Charles de Villiers. They would quite take
12away the purely English progressive aspect of our society if in all
13printed things their names appeared with those of the secretary
14treasurer & President. They both belong to quite distinct sets & would
15draw quite different kinds of women.
17 What do you think of this? All the women to whom I have mentioned Mrs
think her an ideal person for such a post. You see she is a
19Molteno & sympathized with the Boers but her husband is a progressive
20& some of her sons fought on the English side. She is equally popular
21with Progressives & South Africans. The other proposition I made was
22that every one ^member^ who liked should be asked to vot hold small
23personal drawing-room meetings. We have very few women who will speak
24at large, semi public drawing-room meetings & few ^but many^ who could
25discuss in a friendly free way with a few women they personally knew
26It might be suggested that each member who was able should, in her own
27house ask a few women together every month once or so to talk over
28woman’s questions.
30 I’m not well & cant write fully tonight but we can talk it over when
31you come for the next meeting if I’m still here. Could you come out
32here & lunch with me the day you come?
34 Yours ever
35 Olive Schreiner