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Letter ReferenceHRC/OliveSchreinerUncatLetters/OS-TFisherUnwin/2
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: January 1897 ; Before End: February 1897
Address From19 Russell Road, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToT. Fisher Unwin
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The Project is grateful to the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. Schreiner lived at Russell Road in January and February 1897.
119 Russell Road
2Kensington, W.
4Dear Mr Unwin
6I shall of course not make myself responsible for any responsibility
7you may incur as publisher of the book. I think it it might have been
8well if you had mentioned that that was one of your conditions as it
9would have saved much of my y time. Of course unless you intend to
10take all responsibility as publisher I taking all responsibility as
11author I shall drop the c all thought of letting you have it.
13Yours faithfully
14Olive Schreiner
16You three times stated me that the first half was to be paid on the
17day of the signing of the agreement & the second half on ^an month after^
18the day of publication
20^but no doubt the alteration was an oversight, in writing out the
21agreement Will you let me know by 9 o’clock to morrow whether you
22will agree to my terms in this respect & we can then arrange.^
24Yours faithfully
25Olive Schreiner
28^1)^ Of course no extracts are to be published till the day of issue, &
29no intimation given to the public, as the nature & scope of the work.
30^3)^ You may merely state that you are bringing ^out^ a story by me
313) It must be stated in the contract that will bring the work out
32simultaneously with my American publisher
33Put of course there is no need to dwhell on the points as unless you
34agree to bring out the work taking full publishers responsibilities I
35can not let you have it. If I do not hear from you tomorrow morning I
36shall take it you do not desire the work & make other arrangements.
38Olive Schreiner
The book Unwin wants Schreiner to accept full liability for, but which she wants him to have a normal publisher?s responsibility for, is Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland. This was because of his concern that Rhodes might bring a libel case against his publishing firm regarding its contents.