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Letter ReferenceFindlay Family A1199/B Documents: Box 7/2
ArchiveWilliam Cullen Library, Historical Papers, University of the Witwatersrand
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date17 October 1900
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToHudson Findlay
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The Project is grateful to the William Cullen Library, University of Johannesburg, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Historical Papers.
1 Hanover
2 Oct 17 / 00
4 Dear Hud
6 Thank you very much for the letter I got that I this morning. I
7enclose the documents, all I unfortunately have. The rest are with my
8destroyed books & papers at Johannesburg. Of course had I them I would
9only have to send Roberts letters to me, & ^copies of^ mine to him to
10settle the whole matter. But I do not feel bound to tell the
11scoundrels they have been destroyed. As to the money paid me I have
12only received one tiny cheque from Brown Little & Co since they took
13over the business besides the one I returned just now. In the cheque
14they sent me the few shillings for African Farm Dreams &c has combined
15with the couple of dollar for Peter Halket. I ch cashed the cheque
16retr keeping the money for SAF & dreams but returning them the money
17for Peter Halket in a Standard Bank cheque, which cheque they have
18never notified the receipt of. I told them with it that they had
19nothing to do with Peter Halket. This ought to be inserted in my
20letter to them. I am very grateful to you for helping me. There is one
21letter of thanks to me that I sent to you but that Cron must have lost
22in England, showing that they quite recognize that all claim to Stray
23Thoughts ends with the November of this year. You see if I can't get
24Peter Halket out of their hands I must rest satisfied. But Stray
25Thoughts I will have or the book shall never be published When you can
26do nothing more with a publisher legally - I have no faith in law as
27giving you your rights - there is one hold you have on him; you can
28expose him in the press. Th I have twice got something from a
29publisher by doing that. I give you a lot of money when I'm a blooming
32 It's time to post. I'll write some more tomorrow. Legally Brown Little
33& Co
probably have me in the hand; morally I have all the right.
34Thanks about the furniture at Johannesburg. If you could save me up
35the best bits of books furniture &c. I would be glad. Nothing is so
36burnt & destroyed I don't want it. Even the cover of a book with
37Gladstones writing on it, & which was half burnt might be valuable
38some day. I am not very fit again.
40 Love to you all
41 Olive