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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold2/July-Dec1899/11
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date26 July 1899
Address FromJohannesburg, Transvaal
Address ToLyndall, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 371-2
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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. The address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope. Schreiner was resident in Berea, Johannesburg, from December 1898 until late August 1899.
1 July 26th 1899
2
3 Dear Laddie
4
5 You are having a hard time, but it seems we are winning for the moment
6at last. My friend Mr J T Lloyd has just returned from England & is
7going to preach a sermon next Sunday on the situation which should be
8helpful. Of course nothing we give will satisfy the wild dogs of gold
9here.
10
11 I have been very ill during the last ten days; worse than I have ever
12been in my life before. Last night I thought I was in my last struggle.
13 I may be obliged to go a way a bit in the summer to escape the rains
14& fogs here.
15
16 Rhodes speeches at Cape Town were beneath contempt. His mention of
17Mother’s wire was truly characteristic. I have only one regret now,
18that I spoke of him in Peter Halket as if he were a man.
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20 All my friends (liberals) from home write saying there cannot be war.
21But for us there is a worse possibility than war, that of slowly
22falling into the hands of the speculators. We have about 15 years
23steady uphill pull against the capitalists. Then in about 50 though we
24shall not be here to see it will come up the great native question &
25we shall reap as we have sown. Over all one believes that the race on
26earth makes its way slowly upwards, till we have brought up all our
27rears in every land, & freedom & peace will be possible. I do not know
28how one would go on fighting but for that larger faith.
29
30 Olive
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Notation
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.