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Letter ReferenceJames Mackenzie BC 1/A1.1
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date9 August 1907
Address FromRossyvera, Norfolk Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape
Address ToSir Lowry's Pass, Western Cape
Who ToJulia Solly nee Muspratt
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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. Schreiner stayed in Cape Town from mid June to mid August 1907.
1 Dear Mrs Solly
3 Mrs De Villiers is quite willing to join us as Vice Pres=. I have
4found another splendid woman a Mrs Botha. Her husband was a magistrate.
5 They have returned & live at Rondebosch. She speaks English perfectly
6of course is a very handsome noble ^looking^ woman of about 60. ^She has
7always been strongly for woman ?franchise.^ Her great difficulty is
8that she has so much to do in the church organizations & all the
9Federation to which she belongs that she does not know if she can take
10more on herself. She would be an invaluable woman to send to Worcester
11&c if we were starting meetings there. I shall see her again at Mrs C
12De Villiers
on Tuesday, & ask Mrs de Villiers to press her to join.
13She is just the woman.
15 You ought to propose them at the committee meeting, I will second you
16& so I’m sure will Mrs Edge & Mrs Griffith.
18 You will like both of them much.
20 Yours ever
21 Olive Schreiner