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Letter ReferenceT120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/19- pages 101-6
ArchiveNational Archives Depot, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date12 October 1892
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Thomas Stead
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 209
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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.
2Oct 12 / 92.
4My dear Friend, I send you here – with a photo of mine; I myself shall
5turn up in London about the end of April or beginning of May next.
6I’ll let you know my address, but don’t tell other folks, as I want to
7have a good time, only seeing my friends, & not being over run. You
8know, women who’ve nothing to say to one, will come & see one just to
9kill their time.
11I should write you a long letter on South African concerns, but as I’m
12coming in six months time, it’s not worth while.
14What of your news paper? I shall be glad to give any [wordmissing] again.
15 Write to me; your letters are a pleasant break in my life of solitude,
16 & work, & give me the kind of news I like.
18It’s a divine day here: it’s worth having been born & lived, to see
19the mountains baking away in the hot sun outside.
21I told them to send you my little bit of a story that comes out in the
22New Review this month. No one has yet quite understood it from my
23point of view: they don’t quite see why the woman had to act as she
24did; will you?? I wonder?
26I am very happy in my work; but I wish the God’s would give ^me^ three
27hundred years to live in-stead of a few score; then I might do some of
28the things I want to.
30Forgive Dilke! It is a blot upon your soul!!
32Yours affectionately friend
33Olive Schreiner
The ‘little bit of a story’ refers to: "Was It Right? ? Was It Wrong?" New Review Vol 7, No 41, October 1892, pp.397-403, and also appears in Dream Life and Real Life as "The Policy In Favour of Protection". Cronwright-Schreiner’s (1924) short extract from this letter is incorrect in various ways.