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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold2/1909/37
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateJuly 1909
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno
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Legend
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 name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content.
1 de Aar
2 July 1909
3
4 My darling Friend
5
6 There was nothing from you again this week. Perhaps you addressed to
7Cape Town. Don’t. Always address here unless I give you a change of
8address. If we I do go to Cape Town in September or October I shan’t
9stay long. Cape Town depresses one so much politically & with Mrs
10Murray
& Mrs Charles Molteno gone I have only three friends there Anna
11& Mrs Brown & Mrs de Villiers (Minnie Drummond that was) she’s such
12a splendid woman. I love her much. But I can hardly ever see her as
13she lives at Plumstead.
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15 Do you get my weekly notes now I write to the Standard Bank?
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17 I have just had a card from Bow Street where Mrs Griffiths one of our
18League women from the Cape has been arrested with the other
19suffragettes. I am very glad one of unreadable our women is with them.
20
21 // I wonder if Alice will go to Brazil.
22
23 I have got some of Herbert Burrows pamphlets on the future of women.
24they are fine.
25
26 I wonder if you will come over to England to meet Mrs Murray. All goes
27well with us.
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29 Did you get the copy of Malan’s speech on the suffrage I sent you?
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31 Did I tell you I have actually made a new friend in Africa, Mrs
32Haldane Murray
(her sister was very fond of Miss Greene.) She lives at
33Portlock near Graaf Reinet. I want to find a farm near Graaf Reinet
34high up in the mountains where I can spend the summer so that I may go
35on working.
36
37 I am soon publishing a book on "Woman". It is ready but I can’t find
38an agent to do the business part of making ^the business^ arrangements
39with the publishers for me yet. I want to find some practical business
40woman; the men cheat you too much. I must get something for this book
41as I’m come pretty well to the end of my stock. If only I was in
42England to go round to the publishers with it I know I should do well.
43If you send it to an a professional agent they take money from the
44publishers for selling it to them cheap!! It is al like a barrister on
45your side, taking fees from the opposite side.
46
47 If I can get it published satisfactorily perhaps I may yet come to
48England when my novel is done! There air is nice & cool here now & I
49am able to work. Good bye, dear one.
50
51 Thine ever
52 Olive
53
54 I wonder if you’ll come out with Mrs Murray? How is Helen
55
56 ^Greene’s health now?^
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58 ^Do you ever see dear Emily Hobhouse when you are in England? She is
59splendid.^
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Notation
The book on 'Woman' referred to is Woman and Labour. 'When my novel is done' refers to From Man to Man. The pamphlet referred to is: Herbert Burrows (1909) The Future of Woman: A Lecture London: Twentieth Century Press.