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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/72
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date28 December 1908
Address FromHotel Milner, Matjesfontein, 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. The letter is on printed headed notepaper.
1 Hotel Milner
2 Matjesfontein
3 Cape Colony
5 My dear Laddie
7 I wonder where you & the boys have spent Xmas. I hope it has been cool
8& restful. I got here yesterday. I shall likely be here for some
9months the de Aar climate is killing me, & I don’t do any one any
10good by staying there.
12 I am sending you my paper in case with your wandering about you have
13not got it. Did you perhaps see the leader in the Johannesburg Star
14upon it? It is very brilliant & very sympathetic though opposed to me
15on some points. I've got a long letter from Jannie Smuts in answer to
16one I write him – with a copy of the article. Baker the architect in
17Johannesburg has been much interested in my idea of the "great white
18city" & has written to ask me where I got that saying of Ruskin’s
19about the Boer farmhouse.
21 I enclose a card just got from JH Hofmeyr. Do you think he means what
22he says? I have always looked at his ^professing to^ favour Federation
23as a blind, to make the English think the Boers were not all
24interested in wanting Unification. Isn’t it strange the English
25can’t see that Unification means the going out of English influence
26lock, stock, & barrel??
28^Take care of my little brother & bring him home past Matjesfontein. I
29am alone as a sparrow upon a house top. There is only one old
30gentleman & lady in the Hotel & they are going next week. ^
32 Alles ten besten
33 Olive
The enclosed card is no longer attached. The 'paper' Schreiner refers to is her essay 'Views on closer union', a lengthy article published in the Transvaal Leader on 21 December 1908 and the Cape Times on 22 December 1908 (p.9); it appeared as a short book in 1909.