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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold6/1907/33
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date9 December 1907
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address ToKenilworth House, Kenilworth, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToCaroline Murray nee 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 address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope.
1 Box 24
2 De Aar
3 Dec 9 / 07
5 Dear Mrs Murray
7 Thank you for sending Betty’s letter. Can you give j me her right
8address; she says I must address as ?per enclosed but I can’t be
9sure I make it out rightly is it La Rosorair? My letters to her never
10seem to reach her, & she’s the only friend in Europe to whom my
11letters ever mis-carry.
13 I suppose May is with her now.
15 We are now living at de Aar.
17 Emily Hobhouse came & spent four days with me here. She looked very
18delicate so changed. She says Betty looks much younger & fresher &
19stronger than she does now. Affairs in Natal are troubling me so much
20now that I have to fight against the thought night & day to go on with
21my writing at all. Are we always to live in a land in which bloodshed
22& oppression are going on.
24 Does your brother Clifford want any boys for his farm? I think I could
25get him that boy we had from the reformatory if He's he would pay his
26passage down. What wage would he give him. He’s now about 16. He's
27without any exception the cleverest & quickest boy at working that
28I’ve ever seen, but I could do nothing with him, he would get dagger
29& smoke. With a kind strong master, if he were not allowed to get
30dagger he he might yet do well. He can clean out a yard or dig up
31potatoes better ^& quicker^ than any man I know, but he’s no use in a
32house. He’s not afraid of a woman & likes out door work.
34 Is Mrs Dr Murray standing as a Unionist or an Independent? I hear
35Julius Jackson is standing for Beaufort West. How well dear old Sauer
36has spoken out on the native question, that’s the great question
37here now. Even the question of woman’s emancipation comes second to it.
39 Yours ever
40 Olive Schreiner