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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold1/1902/36
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday December 1902
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToJulia Solly nee Muspratt
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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 month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Hanover
2 Sunday
4 Dear Mrs Solly
6 Thankyou very much for your congratulations, & letter. I am afraid the
7next general Election will be a grave fight every where with de Beers
8forces. I have no doubt everything will come right at last but that
9right is far off.
11I have not read Green’s letters. They must be most interesting
13//I am not able to write anything just now as I have no servant of any
14kind, & what little asthma leaves me has to go into physical labour.
15The natives are still consuming the endless thousands of pounds given
16them as soldiers & town guards during the war, & it is now impossible
17to get help of any kind. There are moments when one rebels bitterly
18against the physical conditions which fetter all intellectual life &
19thought, but one must quietly submit to this as to every thing else in
20the end.
22 Yours very sincerely
23 Olive Schreiner
25 I met de Wet the other day ^in the train^ when my husband & I were going
26up to attend the meeting at Colesburg. Nothing can adequately
27des-cribe the conduct ^of the jingoes at that meeting. One had to see
28it to believe it possible.^
30 PS Could you not write some letters to the papers ^SA News^ – not
31necessarily signed – dwelling on the importance of women being
32allowed to become members of the new South African Party on exactly
33the same terms as men. All "persons" born in South Africa surely
34include women. I am writing a note to the SA News to-day on the matter.
35 But one ^wants support from every side.^
'Green's letters' which Schreiner had not read cannot be established.