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Letter ReferenceHRC/OliveSchreinerUncatLetters/OS-TFisherUnwin/67
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date19 December 1898
Address FromJohannesburg, Transvaal
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.
1Box. 2
3South Africa
6Dear Mr Unwin,
8You have no doubt by this heard from Dr Brown or Mrs Schreiner again
9with regard to Mr Ortmans, who has not yet paid a farthing; nor or
10have we had a line from him in explanation. This matter is causing Mrs
11Schreiner much worry. Will you please do all you can to secure a
12settlement? Mr Ortmans deserves a rap over the knuckles if a
13settlement is not soon forthcoming ^(through process of law or
14otherwise)^ I will make Mr Ortmans’ behaviour kno publically known in
17Please note change of our address.
19Yours very sincerely,
20S.C. Cronwright Schreiner
The inserted comment 'through process of law or otherwise' in lines 13 and 14 is in a different ink and is a cautious afterthought. Ortmans was the editor of Cosmopolis. Schreiner had published her 'Stray Thoughts on South Africa by A Returned South African No. 3 - The Boer woman and the nineteenth century woman's question' in its April 1898 issue and these comments concern non-receipt of payment for it. Cosmopolis folded in November 1898.