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|Letter Reference||T120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/33- pages 145-150
|Archive||National Archives Depot, Pretoria
|Letter Date||8 July 1897
|Address From||Morley’s Hotel, Trafalgar Square, London
|Who To||William Thomas Stead
|Other Versions||Cronwright-Schreiner 1924: 224; Rive 1987: 312-3
The manuscript of this letter by Olive Schreiner belongs to the Archive referenced above; its ownership of the original should be acknowledged by referencing the letter as indicated: Copyright transcription: © Olive Schreiner Letters Project. This transcription can be freely used as long as copyright is acknowledged and it is referenced using the following citation: ‘Olive Schreiner to William Thomas Stead, 8 July 1897, National Archives Depot, Pretoria, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
The Project is grateful to the National Archives Repository, Pretoria, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Micofilm Collections.
1: Morley’s Hotel
2: Trafalgar Sq
3: July 8 / 97
5: My dear old Friend
7: It was indeed a pleasure to see you; Thankyou for coming.
9: I was so glad my husband met you; & liked you so much. He realized
10: what I have always done, that your heart is all right (your spiritual
11: heart) even if you do seem to us to be going on the wrong tack
12: politically!!! Please be careful not to mention anything we either of
13: us said to you on public ^or South African^ matters in the Review of
14: Reviews or else where. You are quite mistaken as to my having or ever
15: having had an unkindly feeling to Rhodes; if he would only leave South
16: Africa alone & come back to England & live in a palace & enjoy life on
17: the money he has made out of us & our country - it's the worst I wish
18: him!!! It wouldn't undo the evil he has wrought to England, & to the
19: natives if he were made to suffer. I am no believer in the infliction
20: of punishment by humanity; they are always clumsy & generally wicked &
21: cruel. The only just punishment in life, is that which the nature of
22: existence compels each soul to inflict on itself!
24: I was so glad to see you looking so fit physically. Physical strength
25: ^to do one's work^ is the first of the good things of life; - after the
26: power of loving nature & folks, which is perhaps even the greater good.
28: I was so glad to see Harry.
30: Thine with all good wishes,
31: Olive Schreiner
Rive’s (1987) version omits part of this letter and is incorrect in minor respects. Cronwright-Schreiner’s (1924) short extract is incorrect in a range of ways.