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Letter ReferenceAletta Jacobs Papers AHJ/294
ArchiveAletta, International Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date21 June 1915
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
Address ToHotel Cecil, The Strand, Westminster, London
Who ToAletta Jacobs
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Legend
Olive Schreiner's letters to Aletta Jacobs are part of the International Archives for the Women's Movement collections, to whom thanks are due for access to the microfilm of the Aletta Jacobs Papers. The date of this letter has been derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address it was sent to. The letter is on printed headed notepaper.
1Telephone: 3675 Kensington.
2Telegrams: Apartment, London.
3
4Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel,
5De Vere Gardens, W.
6
7Dear Aletta Jacobs
8
9I send you my little book on the Union written before the act was
10passed, when they were first talking of it. On one thing the Cape men
11did stand out when the Union was framed, & that was that the Cape
12Colony was to keep its own basis of franchise quite distinct from the
13Transvaal.
14
15I send you my other little peace pamphlet written just before the Boer
16war broke out.
17
18It has been so nice to see you & your friend I hope some day when the
19war is over to meet you in Holland
20
21Yours ever
22Olive Schreiner
23
Notation
The reference to 'my little book' is to Closer Union, which 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. 'My little peace pamphlet just before the Boer war broke out' is An English South African’s View of the Situation, originally published in the South African News over three successive days; see 'Words in Season. An English South African's View of the Situation' South African News 1 June 1899 (p.8), 2 June 1899 (p.8) and 3 June 1899 (also p.8). It was also reprinted in a number of other newspapers. It then was published as a pamphlet, then as a book. A second edition of the book was ready but withdrawn from publication with Hodder and Stoughton by Schreiner when the South African War started in October 1899, so as not to profit from this.