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Letter ReferenceAnna Purcell MSB 386/1.13
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateJuly 1909
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToAnna Purcell nee Cambier Faure
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 230
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The Project is grateful to the National Library of South Africa (NLSA), Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections. The month and year of this letter have been written on in an unknown hand Content shows that Schreiner was in De Aar when it was written. She was resident in De Aar from November 1907 until she left South Africa for Britain and Europe in December 1913, but with some fairly lengthy visits elsewhere over this time.
1 Anna darling
3 I am sending you a little pamphlet Mrs Rhys David, a friend of mine
4has sent me as I know you are interested in Buddhism. She is
5publishing a book on these old Buddhist women & wants to dedicate it
6to me, which I shall feel a great compliment. I sympathize with
7Buddhism more than any form of religion, & she herself is such a noble
8big warm hearted woman in spirit. He husband is the most important
9Buddhist authority in Europe & she has also a great European
10reputation. It's so beautiful that they can share each others work.
11Thats to me the highest ideal of marriage, at least to be able to help
12each other in reaching the most important things in life.
14 ^How does my little girl flourish? We mustn't always teach her she's a
15little girl. She'll find that out soon enough when she grows older;
16let her just be a little human being. I'm not well dear or I would
17write more
19 Olive
21 Cron is busy making a big garden. I am planning some flowers. Could
22you send me up a few little violet plants. I would like to have a
23little row of Bergvleit violets before my bedroom door I'll pay the
The book referred to is: Caroline Augusta Rhys David (1912) Buddhism: A Study of the Buddhist Norm London: Williams & Norgate; however, in the event it was not dedicated to Schreiner. Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) version of this letter is in a number of respects incorrect.