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Letter ReferenceGeneral Missionary Commission, Folder 25: Letters to Mr. J. Henderson MS 14, 847/4
ArchiveCory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date15 July 1912
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToJames Henderson
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The Project is grateful to the Cory Library for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of their collections.
1 De Aar
2 July 15th 1912
4 Dear Mr Henderson
6 Those who heard your speech in Cape Town tell me it was most
7impressive, I wish I could have been there & done more to help, in a
8matter which lies near my heart.
10 When you have done with the form I filled in could you return it to me.
11 I can't write it out again & want to get some of the facts copied to
12send to a friend on the government commission. I would be greatly
13obliged if you would let me have it.
15 One who lives in a great railway camp like de Aar is simply
16overpowered by the evil & degrading attitude of white men towards dark
17women. I do hope the Christian Churches will speak out, in no doubtful
18manner, on the truth that it is not honourable legal marriage between
19the races that degrades both, but the reckless & degrading illegal
20immoral relations between white men & dark women. One dare not bring a
21decent black or coloured girl into this place.
23Yours faithfully
24 Olive Schreiner