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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold2/July-Dec1899/15
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 August 1899
Address FromJohannesburg, Transvaal
Address ToGirls Collegiate School, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
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 and address this letter was sent to are provided by an attached envelope. Schreiner was resident in Berea, Johannesburg, from December 1898 until late August 1899.
1 Dear Friend
3 I thought Sauers defence splendid & triumphant. I am also much please
4with Merriman’s till land tax bill. I have to sit up day & night now
5like at Kimberley, so I can’t think much.
7 I send you rather an interesting letter, showing the view of a
8cultured liberal English woman on the question. I make no doubt the
9blu bulk of the English people are right, but how does that help us
10with the government which has still three years to run. Your brother
11Percy is doing good work I see.
13 I wish I was able to go over to Pretoria & see how things are going
14there I’m so in the dark
16 Olive
18 Aug 5th 1899
20 I wish you & Miss Greene lived nearer, so that I could see you once a
21month or so at least. You don’t know what your visit was to me.
The enclosed letter is no longer attached.