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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold1/Jan-June1899/3
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 9 January 1899
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno
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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. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content.
1 Monday
2 Jan 9th 1899
4 Dear Friend
6 I have just seen from the paper that Rhodes has got off! What does
7Cape Town think of the way he conducted his election? Even among his
8followers are not some beginning to find him out? It seems to have
9been a great mistake that they did not base the action on his speeches
10instead of his the circulars. Is there to be another trial?
12 Has your visit to Cape Town done you any good? I do hope you will be
13rested before school starts again. Have you seen John X & have you
14seen Mrs Sauer. I sometimes wonder if she is in any sorrow it is so
15long since I heard from her.
17 My Matabelie boy is beginning to learn to set a table! Good bye. Give
18my dear love to Miss Green. Yes, I am sure the folk at the convent
19keep a very strict watch over my dear little mother.
21 I do hope your brother Charles will get in somewhere at the new
22election, he is one of the half dozen men I should be most sorry to
23see out of the house. Try & see the Governor before you leave, & tell
24me your impressions of him. One thing is certain the Johannesburg
25population will never fight: they are wind bags & money bags who make
26the noise here, & the mass of the working men, & nearly all the
27ordinary town’s folk are on the other side. But I do sometimes
29^fear some big imperial move being worked up by Rhodes, Chamberlain,
30Rothchilds, & Rosenberg &c. ^
32 Olive