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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/8
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date12 June 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 uncertain dates, ellipses, mistakes and so on.
1 Matjesfontein
2 June 12th, 1909
4 I am sure, thinking it over, you will be too busy to make arrangements
5with a publisher about printing my pamphlets so will you give it to
6any honest publishing agent you may know and ask him to arrange for
7its publication. I enclose the terms. Don’t give it to Watt & Sons:
8I have tried them, they don’t do.
10 It is glorious how you are getting on with your work in England. It is
11the women here we have to rouse! and our Women’s Enfranchisement
12League, owing to bad management and wrong starting has done more harm
13than good, I fear. But among the younger South African women a
14splendid feeling is growing. I am writing a short article defending
15the tactics of the Women’s Social and Political Union and will send
16it to the Fortnightly Review and am going to write a paper on the
17Woman question, in length about like that the pamphlet and am going to
18have it printed as a small booklet.
The pamphlet referred to is likely to be Closer Union, which appeared in a variety of languages; it originated as 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. A short article 'defending the tactics of the WSPU' was never written by Schreiner and did not appear in the Fortnightly Review during 1909. However, Schreiner's 'paper on the Woman question' drew together her two earlier articles on 'Woman', to become Woman and Labour.