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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/7
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date4 March 1909
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
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 any uncertain dates, ellipses, mistakes and so on. Which ‘little word’ of Schreiner’s is referred to cannot be established. The end of the letter was either missing or not typescripted.
1 Matjesfontein
2 March 4th, 1909
4 Dear Fred,
6 I see from the papers that your beloved wife and Connie Lytton and
7other of my friends have gone to prison. How Emmeline will stand two
8months I don’t know. I am most anxious for her health... In fighting
9for women we are fighting a battle in which the dawn is near. But in
10fighting in South Africa for justice to the native we are fighting a
11battle in which there is first a long dark terrible descent of years,
12into a depth of oppression & wrong before the slow ascent towards
13better things ever begins. I don’t suppose any little word of mine
14can be of much use: but I want to give English people a chance of
15seeing the other side. I have just today got the news of Dinizulu’s