April 13 / 96.
Dear Mr Unwin
I had the surprise yesterday of receiving a great parcel of letters &
books from Matjesfontein that have been gathering there for more than
a year, & among them three letters from you & two parcels of books
sent early this year. I left Matjesfontein three years ago, before my
marriage, but left strict orders that all letters should be left
on. I should of course have answered your letters at once had I
you should care now to reprint the Political Situation paper as it
is, I am quite willing that you should do so.
You will see that I am publishing a series of articles in the
Fortnightly for which I am getting £3 a page ^for the English rights alone^;
but had I had your letter in time I should have offered them to you.
Could you send me a couple of copies of your periodical, as I have
never seen it, nor am likely up here to do so.
Political life is absorbing all one’s thought & strength here just
now; things are very dark, but I believe it is the dark that comes
before dawning. I think that if you care to republish that pamphlet
just as it stands, you will find it will increase the sale of your
magazine. All the pamphlets that were printed have been long disposed
of, & I was on the point of making arrangements for re-issue in this
country, but shall not do so till I hear that do not wish to reprint
it. I am constantly getting applications from ^Europe^ France & America
for the pamphlet.
You can send me for the right of reprinting it any thing which you
think fair: It was t
I don’t like
the binding of Dreams, as you know.
Scully’s little book is very tastefully got up.
I am in splendid health, & getting on well with my work, & my husband
& I propose to visit England at the end of this year.
I intend publishing my articles on South Africa in book form, & if Mr
Wall has not been able to make satisfactory arrangements about them,
my husband & I will do so when we come
Please remember me very kindly to your wife. I have been reading for
the first time Justin MacCarthy’s “History of our times”. I had
no idea before how beautiful, & rare a character her father was till I
read ^this book^ unreadable
I had thought of him merely as a successful
politician – which is not much!