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Letter ReferenceT120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/13- pages 80-1
ArchiveNational Archives Depot, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date6 May 1891
Address FromMatjesfontein Cottage, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Thomas Stead
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The Project is grateful to the National Archives Repository, Pretoria, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Micofilm Collections.
1Matjesfontein Cottage
2Top of Gardens
3Cape Town
4May 6 / 91
6My dear Friend
8Your letters always come for like a breath from a larger wider world;
9refreshing. I will answer at length next week, if it can be of the
10slightest use to you, the questions sent.
12The cold has driven me from my mountains for the winter months. I have
13taken this tiny house at the foot of the mountain just out of the town.
15I saw Rhodes the other day. To me he looks ill – don’t know if he is.
16Had no opportunity of conversation with him as I never see him alone.
17Hope they sent you my article. The first part printed this month is
18very poor ^it’s simply introduction.^ The last part is better though not
19what I would like if I could have given more time to it.
21Good bye, in haste
22Olive Schreiner
The article Schreiner hopes has been sent to Stead is the first of her ‘A Returned South African’ essays, originally published in a range of magazines and intended to be reworked in book form, as Stray Thoughts on South Africa. A dispute with a publisher and then the outbreak of the South African War (1899-1902) prevented this, and they were in the event with some additional essays published posthumously as Thoughts on South Africa.