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John Pursglove

John Pursglove was an Englishman who had been employed on a farm in the Cradock district from the late 1860s, and who in 1870 accompanied Theo Schreiner when he travelled to the Kimberley Diamond Fields to prospect for diamonds, so Schreiner perhaps came to know Pursglove when she herself lived there with Theo and her sister Ettie. From her letters to others, Schreiner maintained a ‘for old time’s sake’ friendship with John Pursglove until her death, commenting in a 1920 letter to John Brown, “You & she [Mary Brown] & my dear old friend John Pursglove are all that are left of the friends of my early youth.”
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