William Ewart Gladstone
William Ewart Gladstone (1809 - 1898) was a British Liberal politician and four times British Prime Minister (1868-74, 1880-85, 1886 and 1892-94). Schreiner was informed by Bryan Donkin that Gladstone was very impressed by her The Story of an African Farm. Gladstone in fact liked the book so much that he wrote some (undated but 1883) detailed notes about it on 10 Downing Street notepaper; see the Gladstone Papers in the British Library (Add 44767 f.140). Schreiner was for several periods of time in correspondence with Gladstone’s daughter and political secretary Mary Drew.
For further information see:
David Bebbington (1993) William Ewart Gladstone: Faith and Politics in Victorian Britain Michigan: W.B. Eerdmans
Travis Crosby (1997) The Two Mr Gladstones: A Study in Psychology and History London and New Haven: Yale University Press
Peter Jagger (1991) Gladstone: The Making of a Christian Politician Allison Park: Pickwick Publications
Roy Jenkins (1995) Gladstone London: Macmillan
H.C.G. Matthew (2004) ‘Gladstone, William Ewart (1809-1898)’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/10787