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Letter ReferenceJohn X. Merriman MSC 15/1904:55
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date13 February 1904
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToJohn X. Merriman
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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.
1 Hanover
2 Feb 13 / 04
4 Dear Mr Merriman
6 My Husband has just sent me up a note from the office "Merriman,
7?Nevel, Sauer & ?Roodt defeated
" I am greatly cut up of course you
8& Mr Sauer will have other seats; but after your splendid fight it
9cuts hard.
11 But I, personally, always fight find that I fight best in a minority &
12for what looks like a loosing cause; & I know it will be so with you.
14 My feeling is that it not the slightest use our po hoping for anything
15from the jingo element of the community. Our own right hand alone must
16save us.
18 And the Rhodesian - speculator - party with Milner at their head, are
19doing more for us that we could ever do for ourselves.
21 I'm so sorry I had not a chance of seeing you the last time I was in
24 Yours very sincerely
25 Olive Schreiner