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Letter ReferenceFindlay Family A1199/B Documents: Box 7/8
ArchiveWilliam Cullen Library, Historical Papers, University of the Witwatersrand
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: February 1900 ; Before End: October 1900
Address FromPO Box 406, Johannesburg
Address To
Who ToHudson Findlay
Other Versions
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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. This letter was written in response to a letter Schreiner had received from her US publisher, dated 21 February 1900. It has been dated by reference to this and also content.
1 Keep the letter & make a copy of my answer before sending it.
3 Understand well
4 Brown Little & Co shall never touch my stray thoughts not if I did die
5first, or throw the book into the sea.
7 With regard to Peter Halket, you ought to be able to get it from him &
8make a good arrangement with another publisher. But remember after
9November even Roberts Brothers claime to the book would have lapsed as
10the 5 years end then.
12 These were instructions I sent to them in England but he left before
13they came
The letter Schreiner had received from her US publisher, Little, Brown & Co, dated 21 February 1900, is as follows:

P.O. Box 2158
Little, Brown, & Company,
254 Washington Street, Boston

Publishers, Booksellers, and Importers of Law, and General Literature.

Feb. 21, 1900.

Mrs. Olive Schreiner,
P.O. Box 406,
Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dear Madam:

We enclose a letter which was forwarded to our care. We wrote you some time since, and fearing that you may not have received our letter, we enclose a copy herewith. We shall be very glad indeed to hear from you at your convenience regarding the various matters in which you and ourselves are mutually interested. We are doing all that we can with your books, and are remitting royalties as due, twice a year.

We presume you remember that a contract exists for the publication of your work, "Stray Thoughts on South Africa", and ^204^ pages are in type, for which we have incurred an expense. We would be very much obliged if you would give us information as to when the book will be completed. It should of course be published from type set in this country, and issued here simultaneously with its foreign publication, in order that you may secure copyright, and royalty may be paid you. Kindly let us hear from you as soon as possible. We note that Messrs. Sergel & Co., of Chicago, have recently published a little book by you, but we presume that this material is entirely different from that in the "Stray Thoughts on South Africa".

Yours very truly,
Little, Brown & Co.