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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Edward Carpenter SMD 30/32/ci
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLettercard
Letter Date2 November 1900
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToMillthorpe, Holmesfield, Sheffield
Who ToEdward Carpenter
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 231
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The Project is grateful to the National English Literary Museum (NELM) for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner lettercard, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. The date of this letter is provided by the postmark on an attached envelope, and the address it was sent to is on its front. Schreiner was resident in Hanover from September 1900 to October 1907, after 1902 with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere.
1 Dear Edward
3 Thanks for your article: it's very good - first rate. I am sending you
4a copy of my speech to ^letter^ at a woman's meeting at Somerset East.
5The jingoes are very anxious the British government would take action
6against me & arrest me for high treason! They are a funny people the
7jingoes. Eyes have they but they see not ears have they but they hear
8not. Things here are going from bad to worse. They are beginning to
9take women & children as prisoners of war on the charge the woman aid
10the men. war will not be over for another year at least. The
11Republicans are
13^not yet beaten! The war is not over.
The article Carpenter had sent cannot be established. Schreiner spoke at or wrote addresses for the Volkskongresses and peace congresses which protested the South African War, as follows: Graaff-Reinet Volkskongres, April 1900 (spoke); Cape Town women's meeting, June 1900 (spoke); Somerset East peace congress, October 1900 (a letter of address); Paarl, November 1900 peace congress (a letter of address); Worcester Volkskongres, December 1900 (spoke). Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) version of this letter is incorrect in a range of respects.