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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold1/Jan-June1899/25
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date31 May 1899
Address FromJohannesburg, Transvaal
Address To
Who ToFrances ('Fan') Schreiner nee Reitz
Other VersionsRive 1987: 355
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
Legend
The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. Schreiner was resident in Berea, Johannesburg, from December 1898 until late August 1899.
1 May 31st 1899
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3 My dear old Fan
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5 Write & tell me what you think of my article, dear. I am astonished at
6the reception it has had here among the English. Numbers of English
7Uitlanders here have written or come to see me to thank me for it. But
8I haven’t heard yet what even one South African Dutch person thinks.
9I wonder what your brother Frank thinks of it. Good bye, dear.
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11 Yours ever
12 Olive
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Notation
The article referred to is An English South African's View of the Situation, originally published in the South African News over three successive days; see 'Words in Season. An English South African's View of the Situation' South African News 1 June 1899 (p.8), 2 June 1899 (p.8) and 3 June 1899 (also p.8). It was also reprinted in a number of other newspapers. It then was published as a pamphlet, then as a book. A second edition of the book was ready but withdrawn from publication by Schreiner when the South African War started in October 1899, so as not to profit from this. Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter.