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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/70
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday 14 December 1900
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToFrances ('Fan') Schreiner nee Reitz
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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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in Hanover from September 1900 to October 1907, after 1902 with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere.
1 Saturday morning
2
3 Dear Fan
4
5 If Will’s read that book of Ellis’s I sent him, please send it to
6Mrs Purcell with the photograph. She wants to read it.
7
8 I have just arrived here. It seems very lonely without Cron.
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10 He is going to stay with his mother for some time. Whether he will
11stay in Cape Town permanently I don’t know. It’s beautifully green
12up here after the rain. I’m glad we had that nice day together at
13Gordons Bay. Give my love to Will & the children. If you hadn’t come
14to see me not one of my friends would have been. All Cron’s
15relations are so angry with me thinking that I am making Cron pro Boer
16that none of them came to see me. I am going to breakfast now, to face
17the four jingoes who will not I am afraid be in at all a good humour
18with me after the Congress.
19
20 Good bye dear.
21 Olive
22
Notation
Regarding her 'after the congress' comment, Schreiner sent written addresses to some of the Volkskongresses and peace congresses and she spoke at others, as follows: Graaff-Reinet Volkskongres, April 1900 (spoke); Cape Town women's meeting, June 1900 (spoke); Somerset East peace congress, October 1900 (a letter of address); Paarl, November 1900 peace congress (a letter of address); Worcester Volkskongres, December 1900 (spoke). The book referred to is: Havelock Ellis (1900) The Nineteenth Century London: Grant Richards.