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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold2/July-Dec1899/6
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 7 July 1899
Address FromJohannesburg, Transvaal
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno and Alice Greene
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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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The names of the addressees are indicated by salutation and content. Schreiner was resident in Berea, Johannesburg, from December 1898 until late August 1899.
1 Tuesday
3 Thank you, dear Friends, for your letters. The excitement here grows
4higher & higher, but the real scene of the action is now in Cape Town
5& in England, there Africa’s fate will be determined. If war breaks
6out, or is upon us you & Miss Greene & Mrs Merriman and others must
7send some women home to take home a petition & address public meetings
8in England. Those who are sent home must be Englishwomen. Miss Greene
9should take the lead.
11 Yesterday the news was rife in the town that Will & the others had
12gone out & the Governor had sent for Innes. I think there is no truth
13in it it is a Johannesburg lie. Your visit has made Johannesburg seem
14more beautiful to me.
16 Olive
18 ^Cron sends his love to you both.^