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Letter ReferenceHRC/OliveSchreinerUncatLetters/OS-TFisherUnwin/65
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date27 December 1897
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
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.
1The Homestead
327. 12. 97
5Dear Mr Unwin,
7Thanks for your note of 29th Nov., with statement of “The Political
8Situation”, which I am glad has had the benefit of an English
9circulation. Mrs Schreiner has been very unwell since our return, and
10is still far from well. The trip to Europe quite upset her, and she
11needs time to recover tone. She has, however, just finished an article,
12 which no doubt will soon be sent on. When the next is finished (it is
13comparatively short, she tells me), & the whole lot revised, they will
14be ready for publication in book form. Before that time, however, she
15will no doubt write to you.
17The drought here is awful, & the heat and absolute dryness of the air
18almost unbearable.
20Wishing you the compliments of the season; with kind regards from Mrs
21Schreiner & myself,
22I am,
23Yours very truly,
24S.C. Cronwright Schreiner
26T. Fisher Unwin Esq
The particular article referred to cannot be established with certainty, but could have been the one which appeared in the April 1898 issue of Cosmopolis, ‘A Returned South African no. 3: The Boer woman and the nineteenth-century woman’s question’. A set of Schreiner's 'A Returned South African' essays was to have been published as 'Stray Thoughts on South Africa'. However, although prepared for book publication, a dispute with a US publisher and the events of the South African War prevented this. They and some other essays were posthumously published as Thoughts on South Africa.