"Best blood of youth, beginning of half century of war" Read the full letter
Marie De Wet (nee Koopmans)
Marie Koopmans De Wet (1834 - 1906) was a well-known figure in Cape cultural and political circles, and a patron of the arts. She was born Marie De Wet in 1834 and her father was a well-known Cape attorney. In 1864 she married J.C. Koopmans, who became sergeant-at-arms to the Cape legislative assembly, and at their home she hosted influential cultural salons. During the South African War she was instrumental in organising aid for women and children in the concentration camps established by the British military, and her home was an aid collection point. Koopmans-De Wet, as she was known, was placed under house arrest as a result. It was through her own involvement in collecting and distributing aid to destitute Boer families during and after the South African War that Schreiner came to know Koopmans-De Wet. It is possible that some letters were exchanged between Schreiner and Koopmans-De Wet, although none have been traced.
For further information see:
Anna J. D. de Villiers (1968) ‘Koopmans-de Wet, Maria Margaretha’ in (ed) W.J. de Kock Dictionary of South African Biography Vol I Pretoria: National Council for Social Research, pp. 436 - 438
F.S. Malan (1924) Marie Koopmans-De Wet Cape Town
- National Archives Depot, Pretoria: The National Archives Depot is Pretoria is a leading location for archival papers across a wide time-period, organisations an... Show/Hide Collection Letters
- Smuts A1/187/97:Hanover, April 27th 1903, Dear Isie , How can I thank you enough for your letter & the two wires I got today. I would lik...
- National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown: The National English Literary Museum is the leading location for collections pertaining to the imaginative and creative writi... Show/Hide Collection Letters
- Olive Schreiner: F.S. Malan 1000/2:Dear Friend, With great pleasure republish my little letter about Mrs Koopmans As to my brother Will, you know I was more opp...
- University of Cape Town, Historical Manuscripts: Manuscripts & Archives at the University of Cape Town is a leading location for accessing archival papers across many per... Show/Hide Collection Letters
- Olive Schreiner BC16/Box2/Fold3/1900/11:Wagenaar’s Kraal , Wednesday , Dear Friend, I have been too ill to write for a long time. If I find this place doesn’...
- Olive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold4/1905/24:Hanover, July 1st 1905, My darling Friend, I do hope you will get away to Athens & Rome. (Oh Athens!) Miss Greene is quit...