"Women's Enfranchisement League leadership - Mrs MacFadyen cannot be WEL & Loyal Labour League at same time" Read the full letter
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Letter ReferenceHRC/HE/FRAG/NDofW11HRC/CAT/OS/FRAG/NFP
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date2 November 1884
Address From144 Marina, St Leonards, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 199-200
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
Legend
The Project is grateful to the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. Dating this text has followed information written on it by Ellis. Schreiner was resident in St Leonards at three addresses from mid October 1884 to the end of April 1885. The final insertion is written on the back of the paper.
1The principle of equality applies equally to women with ^&^ men.^!^ We
2perceive
^It is evident^ that the imperfect education of women in the
3school & in the world, her economic dependence, her inequality in the
4face of the law, her limited & artificial industrial & professional
5activities have resulted hitherto in an immense injustice, not to
6women alone but also to the race. /We recognize that women are
7entitled to a development as complete & unfettered as men, & that they
8possess the same rights & responsibilities.
9
10^I think it’s very good & condensed. Thanks for Mackay’s letter.^
11
Notation
This text seems to have been produced jointly by Schreiner and Ellis, probably as a projected amendment of part of the constitution of the Fellowship of the New Life, which Ellis had encouraged Schreiner to participate in. All the editing deletions and insertions are in Schreiner's handwriting. Schreiner has also commented in the margin, 'That "with" is bad change that sentence somehow', referring to the first sentence. Draznin's (1992) version of the text is in some respects different from our transcription.