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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner - Uncat
ArchiveCory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date11 February 1897
Address FromLondon
Address ToW. Hay Esq, Cape Register, Cape Town, South Africa
Who ToWilliam Hay
Other VersionsRive 1987: 302-3
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The Project is grateful to the Cory Library for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of their collections.
2Feb 11 / 97
4Dear Mr Hay
6I am sending you a copy of my little story, which is to appear on the
717th of this month. Please let me know what you think of it. I shall
8send you a bound copy as soon as I get them.
10I have a great, a very great favour to ask of you. It is most
11necessary we should have here as soon as possible some exact quotation
12from Mr Rhodes's speeches at the Cape P bearing at on his attitude on
13the native question & ^on^ imperial rule.
15In a st speech made ^which I heard him make^ in the House about four or
16five years I think on the Pondo-land matter where some valuable
17remarks as showing his attitude on the native-question, “I prefer land
18to niggers” &c &c.
20Again at ^in^ a speech of what I read an account (a speech at some
21public dinner Cape Town) he made a very strong anti-imperial speech,
22in which, among other things, the words that the “Imperial Factor must
23be eliminated in South Africa.
25Would it be possible for you to send me the copies of a few such
26statement in Mr Rhodess own words as reported in the news paper, & or
27parliamentary books.
29Will you please be very sure to send me the account for the time &
30trouble which, any person you get to collect them for me must be put
31to. Kindly forward them to (if you are good enough to get the extracts
32copied for me) to 19 Rus-sell Rd,
34London W.
36That address will always find me even if I go abroad. I have been
37present at, or read in the papers, at least 16 speeches of Rhodes
38which have contained statements, implying an anti-imperial feeling, &
39an anti-native feeling.
41I should also very much like to have a copy of that speech he made to
42the bond members (I think when they visited him as an anti-scab act
43deputation at Groote Schuur) in which he spoke of the importance of
44keeping strangers out of the land, & the land in the hands of the old
45inhabitants. &c &c. I think it was on the memorable occasion of the
46snuffbox & the stone!
48I regret exceedingly that I never made a collection of these
49statements at the time.
51(They would be of immense use not only to my-self but to some of the
52politicians here that
56I think if I had seen that statement from the Globe which you printed
57in the Register, I should have replied to it. The great difficulty
58here is the terrible way in which the press has fallen into the hands
59of the Rhodes party. I suppose you know it was Beit who bought the
60Saturday Review.
62Please forgive my troubling you. I would not do so but there is no one
63else in Cape Town, whom I could ask.
65Yours sincerely,
66Olive Schreiner
68My Husband sent some cuttings from the Cape Register to the Chronicle
69some days ago, & they have been inserted. But you have no doubt seen
70the Chronicle.
The address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope. The ‘little story’ referred to is Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland. The version of the letter in Rive (1987) has mistakes and minor omissions and also omits the part of the letter after Schreiner’s signature.