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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.126
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date6 October 1900
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
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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 Oct 6 / 00
4 Darling Mary
6 Your husband & Merriman have made splendid speeches & been fighting
7grandly; but do all you can to keep them from playing into Rhodes's
8hands; it means momentary success (perhaps) & ultimate destruction to
9our party. Rhodes may be an exploded bomb-shell; but he has enough
10powder left in him to blow up the men who trust him.
12 I am writing a speech today for the woman's meeting at Somerset East.
13Did Miss Molteno give you my article on the Boers to read? If she did
14so please give it to the Rev Marchand of Rondebosch as soon as you've
15done with it How is my little Paul? I am very well here. Its the
16nicest place I've been in for years. People & place both are
19 Good bye dear one
20 Olive
Schreiner's speech was for one of the peace congresses that met when the South African War started. She sent written addresses to some of the Volkskongresses and peace congresses and spoke at others, 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). The 'article on the Boers' is likely to be: "The African Boer" The Cosmopolitan vol 29, no 5, September 1900, pp.451-467; and "The African Boer (Continued)" The Cosmopolitan vol 29, no 6, October 1900, pp.593-602.