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Letter ReferenceT120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/28- pages 129-130
ArchiveNational Archives Depot, Pretoria
Epistolary Type
Letter Date29 April 1896
Address Fromna
Address ToW.T. Stead, Review of Reviews, Norfolk Street, Strand, London
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. The date of this postcard has been derived from its postmark, and the name of the addressee and address it was sent to are on its front.
1I’m sending you a little African view.
3I am expecting a fierce attack from you about my article in the
4Fortnightly, but you would feel as I do about the Boer if you knew
5them as I do.
7Yours ever
8O Schreiner
The ‘little African view’ Schreiner was sending Stead is perhaps the same as the article which Schreiner expected him to ‘attack’. This was ‘The Boer’, which appeared across a number of issues of the Fortnightly. See: "Prefatory note: Stray Thoughts on South Africa" Fortnightly Review April 1896, vol 59, pp.510; "Stray Thoughts on South Africa: The Boer" Fortnightly Review April 1896, vol 59, pp.510-540; "Stray Thoughts on South Africa: The Boer (Continued from April Number.)" Fortnightly Review July 1896, vol 60, pp.1-35; and "Stray Thoughts on South Africa: The Boer (Continued from July Number.)" Fortnightly Review August 1896, vol 60, pp.225-256. This and the other essays in the series were intended to be reworked in book form, as Stray Thoughts on South Africa. A dispute with a US 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. This composite article on "The Boer" contains more than the present essay of that title in Thoughts on South Africa.