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Letter ReferenceAlfred Mattison, Goldfields Collection, MS 16098/2
ArchiveCory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date4 August 1897
Address From13 Gildridge Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToAlfred ('Alf', 'Mat') Mattison
Other VersionsRive 1987: 313
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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 13 Gildredge Rd
2 Eastbourne
3 Aug 4 / 97
5 Dear Mat
7 Thank you for your letters I was glad to hear you were fighting the
8good fight with the capitalists, but your fight is all cakes & ale
9compared with ours out at the Cape. They only try to over work you,
10but they try to shoot us! I should so much like to see you again, &
11for you to meet my husband, who is much of your way of thinking, that
12the best thing to do with the capitalists is to crack their sculls - I
13am for using gentler means.
15 I am unreadable sailing on the 21st of August for South Africa, but I
16am very unfit here, & may go up to Highfield - near Benrhydding,
17Yorkshire for a week before I leave; if I do I'll let you know &
18perhaps you'll manage to come & see us there, eah? I should think it
19isn't far from Leeds.
21 ^Give my love to the dear folks at Millthorpe if you go over there.
23 Your good chum
24 Olive Schreiner
26 Don't forget the photo.^
Rive's (1987) version of this letter omits part of it and is also in a number of respects incorrect.