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Letter ReferenceT120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/26- pages 123-126
ArchiveNational Archives Depot, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date16 November 1896
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Thomas Stead
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 220
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
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. Stead’s son visited Schreiner in Kimberley in October 1895, so it is not certain whether Schreiner’s dating of this letter is correct or a slip of the pen.
3The Homestead
4Nov 16 / 96
6My dear Friend
8Your letter somewhat amused me! My financial affairs are from from my
9stand point very flourishing!! I’ve never been so comfortably off &
10satisfied in my life, & if I had more money I shouldn’t feel it right
11to spend it on myself, so I wouldn’t be the richer for it. I often
12wish I had money but not for my self.
14I mentioned what I did about the “African Farm”, because you might
15have thought it churlish in me not to give it for the penny ?news. But
16in-deed if I had a thousand a a year so that a couple of hundred a
17year made no difference to me I wouldn’t like a book that seems to unreadable
18^to me (perhaps only because I love it)^ ^to be^ more or less a work of
19art ^to be^ cut up or divided in any way. That is why I would never, if
20I could possibly help it, allow a novel of mine to appear in a
21magazine, because it must then be read in broken parts; (like looking
22at a statue a foot one week & a finger the next!)
24Did you get that photograph of Sir George Grey’s statue, I if you
25don’t want it ^I hav^ a great
sent you, & the note
26about your boy’s visit to us?
29I have just remembered that I have just re not answered you about the
30story of an African Farm. The copy right is mine entirely. I am only
31allowing the present publisher to pr issue it for a limited number of
32years I getting a royalty for all the ^copies^ sole^d^. As the money I get
33from the sale of the book is nearly every thing I have to live on I
34would not like any extracts made from it which could in any way
35diminish the sale of the work
, I My The publisher would have no right
36to make any arrangement for its publication, as the copy right is mine.
40^What a beautiful soul Josephine Butler was. I like when you write on
41such matters. That is my Stead. Are there two Steads??^
Schreiner has underlined the inserted ‘Private’ at the beginning of this letter five times. Cronwright-Schreiner’s (1924) short extract from this letter has been misdated and is incorrect in a range of ways.