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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/40
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date23 July 1911
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToMinnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes
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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.
1 De Aar
2 July 23rd 1911
3
4 Dear Mrs Murray
5
6 I am sending you Ruth Alexander's speech at Kimberley. Please when
7you've read it send it on to
8
9 Miss Ida Hyett
10 304 Prinsloo Street
11 Pretoria
12
13 The reason why I have wished to have nothing to more directly or
14indirectly with the WEL is that Mrs Solly will will persisted in
15writing to me. To over two years ^& six months^ except 2 Post Cards
16which it was absolutely necessary to write I have containing only a
17couple of words I have persisted in leaving all her letters un
18answered. She persists in writing to me continually vilifying all the
19members of the committee who are my dearest friends & attacking my
20niece &c &c. I up simply tear up her letters & throw them in the fire.
21I wrote one long letter a few two months ago telling her just what I
22thought of her behaviour, but I also burnt them. I want to do nothing
23that can give her any ground for writing to me again. It would take
24too long to tell you how she has acted - but my health is not strong &
25I know I have not very long to go on, & I couldn't expose myself to
26being written to by her any more. I do wish my niece was not secretary
27of the society. I have tried to induce her to give it up - but all the
28members of the committee implore her to remain. Perhaps I am going to
29get up a large woman's meeting here next month when Mr & Mrs Alexander
30come again, but it will be a free meeting not connected with any
31particular society. Mrs Alexander is coming to stay for a few days at
32the hotel as I have no spare rooms & can't make anyone comfortable in
33my tiny house, & when Mr Alexander comes down from Kimberley, he may
34stay the night here to address the meeting. I shan't speak - but I'll
35have to get it up, & of course it all depends on how fit I am.
36
37 I hope the darling children are all keeping well & strong. I long to
38see you all so much. I enjoyed Ida Hyett's ?9 days stay here very much.
39 She's a noble sincere, straight forward woman. She stayed at the
40Hotel but came up every afternoon & evening to see me & played on her
41violin, which she plays so splendidly.
42
43 How splendid the suffragettes in England are winning. It's been a
44glorious fight.
45
46 Much love to you all.
47 Olive
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Notation
The copy of Ruth Alexander's speech sent with this letter is no longer attached.