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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Edward Carpenter SMD 30/32/b
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date31 December 1899
Address FromNewlands, Cape Town
Address ToMillthorpe, Holmesfield, Sheffield
Who ToEdward Carpenter
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 229
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The Project is grateful to the National English Literary Museum (NELM) for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. The date of this letter is provided by the postmark on an attached envelope, with the address it was sent to on its front.
1 Old years night
3 Dear Ed
5 This is just a note to tell you that Cron is going to England next
6week. He sails on the 10th by the Norman, so will get to England about
7the 25th. He is going home to hold meetings & see people on the South
8African question. This hellish war is still going on, but the
9capitalists are finding the African Boer a little tougher to swallow
10than they thought; impossible as it seems when our numbers are
11considered I believe we shall yet win & our Republics keep their
12freedom. If he comes up north you might help a bit getting the working
13men together Sheffield way. His address will be care
15 JA Hobson
16 Elmstead
17 Limpsfield
18 Surrey
20 Olive
22 My address will be still Lyndall
23 Newlands
24 Cape Town
26 ^I can't leave I must stay here to see how things go. OS^
Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) version of this letter is incorrect in various respects.