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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/25
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date1911
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToFrederick ('Fred') Pethick-Lawrence
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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. A typescript only of this letter is available. The transcription here follows this typescript and includes uncertain dates, ellipses, mistakes and so on. The year the letter was written is indicated by content.
1 Of course I didn’t misunderstand what Emmeline said about my book
2and the vote. I’m sure she personally understood the book was only a
3fragment - it does not deal with the woman’s question as a whole,
4but only with a little part of the question of woman’s labour. I
5don’t fancy many people read the introduction carefully - it was
6written just to explain how it was the book dealt with only a small
7bit of the woman’s question. Of course in England at this moment the
8question of the vote comes first, all else is for the moment secondary.
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10 Today you have your big gathering, and all my thoughts are with you. I
11always believed Lloyd George & friends were going to play you false. I
12never thought they (the politicians) would fail to find means to
13strangle the bill this year. But you see, its your fight that is so
14glorious to me, so in a way, I don’t mind how long it goes on. Its
15educating women & men all the time! ...
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17 How I wish I were with you now. If you had no wrong before you have it
18now.
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20 Taken from a heading: NO DRINK FOR WOMEN: the Liverpool Licensing
21Committee have laid a report before the Magistrate in which they
22recommend the later opening and earlier closing of licensed premises
23in Liverpool, and restriction of the sale of intoxicating liquors to
24women, and persons under sixteen years of age. O.S. comments: Isn’t
25it shameful that women should be classed with children?
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Notation
'My book & the vote' refers to Woman and Labour.