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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/48
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date26 July 1908
Address FromCape Town, Western 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 in Cape Town from early July 1908 to early September 1908.
1 Dear Laddie
3 I was sorry I didn’t hear your speech yesterday. Cron said it was
4the finest he’d ever heard you make. I’ve had some attacks of
5angina & not been able to get out. But I want to run down to the Docks
6& just give our girl a greeting if I can only find when the
7steamer’s in.
9 Behind this taxing measure I see the beginning of that sacrifice of
10freedom & justice which in every direction we shall be called on to
11pay, if the scheme of Unification as opposed to Federation be carried
14 I, with the help of Mrs Murray & Mrs Charles Molteno (a most charming
15& loveable woman) & Mary Sauer am going to try to get up a large
16^public^ meeting on the Woman’s question with members of Parliament of
17all parties on the platform. If we succeed may we reckon on you as one
18of the speakers. I shall try to get Malan, but it is doubtful strongly
19as he feels on the matter he doesn’t like running right in
20Merriman’s face. As for Merriman I have no more faith in him. I
21believe he Tory on the native question just as everyone else. I’ll
22perhaps make a little speech in Dutch!! Achter veld Dutch!!
24 Olive