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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: F.S. Malan 1000/3
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date28 December 1908
Address FromHotel Milner, Matjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToFrancois Stephanus ('FS') Malan
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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. This letter is written on printed headed notepaper.
1 Hotel Milner
2Matjiesfontein
3Cape Colony
4
5 Dec 28 / 08
6
7 My dear Friend
8
9 I am sending you a copy of my paper on Closer Union, as you may not
10have had time to read it in the Cape Times.
11
12 It goes to my heart to think that you & I should be wide as the poles
13apart in this matter. The really great South African will not be a man
14who stands for this or that party, or race, or sect, or language - but
15for all. I valued very much a kind little Xmas card I got from Onze
16Jan
. Love to your wife & the little ones. I wish you would all come up
17here for a few days during the conventions holiday.
18
19 Aren't you Convention people tired of buttering each other up! When
20people flatter me so much I always suspect them of having some evil
21design! Some day the butter will all melt, & then you will fight like
22the Killing Cats!
23
24 I shall be staying here for two or three months as I got too ill at De
25Aar.
26
27 Yours ever
28 Olive Schreiner
29
Notation
Schreiner's Closer Union 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.