|Letter Reference||T120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/53- page 208
|Archive||National Archives Depot, Pretoria
After Start: September 1889
; Before End: October 1889
|Address From||Edinburgh House, Warrior Square, St Leonards, East Sussex
|Who To||William Thomas Stead
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, September 1889, 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. The year has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner stayed in Edinburgh House for some weeks in September 1889, then went to London before sailing to South Africa on 11 October; thus the dating of this letter.
1: Edinburgh House
2: St Leonards
4: My dear Mr Stead
6: I send you a little allegory which will appear in this ^next^ months
7: Fortnightly in a few days.
9: I am going away to the Cape in a few days short time; I s-ail on the
10: 11th of October in the Norham Castle. If will enough I am going up to
11: London for a few days next Wednesday I should like to see you once
12: more for a few minutes to say good bye if you could make time to come
13: & see me: do you think you could. I shall perhaps be at the C X Hotel,
14: but I will let you have my address when I come up. I want to know if
15: there is any good news about the new paper.
17: Tell me what you think of my ^the^ allegory? Address Ladies Chambers
18: Chenies St.
20: Yours always faithfully
21: Olive Schreiner
The allegory referred to was in fact not published in the Fortnightly Review
because of its length. See "The sunlight lay across my bed: Part I - Hell" New Review
Vol 1, no 11, April 1890, pp.300-309; and "The sunlight lay across my bed: Part II - Heaven", New Review
Vol 1, no 12, May 1890, pp.423-431.