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Letter ReferenceHRC/OliveSchreinerUncatLetters/OS-TFisherUnwin/45
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date11 March 1897
Address FromRome, Italy
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. This letter is by and from Olive Schreiner, with Cronwright-Schreiner acting as her amanuensis or secretary.
1Poste Restante
5Dear Mr Unwin,
7Thanks for the cuttings which you are so kind as to send, & which come
8regularly. We were pleased to notice in one of them today your
9advertisement & the extracts from leading clergymen^’s letters^. I
10hope the book is selling rapidly, & that you will be able to bring out
11a cheap edition soon. When (and if) you do bring out a second edition,
12please do not forget the alterations specified, especially the
13addition of the words “in Matabeleland” after the line beneath the
14photograph, & the 19 Russell Road.
16With kind regards,
17Yours very sincerely,
18S.C. Cronwright Schreiner
The book referred to is Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland and the photograph is of the hanging tree in Bulawayo which acts as its frontispiece.

Also on file, immediately following the above letter, is a typed letter regarding Trooper Peter Halket... sent to Fisher Unwin by J. Clifford, dated 17.3.97. This comments that: 'No word can be more in season. It is a novel conceived with great power and carried out with skill and daring; but it is not less a call to repentance, uttered in the name of Christ... It is intrinsically Christian ... It is a rebuke to Englishmen ... If the facts so graphically pictured can be supported by evidence... then it may be hoped 'Peter Halket' will not only be a potent warning against the fatal idolatory of 'greed' which now menaces England, but also a powerful summons to the exercise of a truer spirit of brotherhood amongst the different races of men.'