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Letter ReferenceT120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/32- pages 141-144
ArchiveNational Archives Depot, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date20 February 1897
Address From19 Russell Road, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToWilliam Thomas Stead
Other VersionsRive 1987: 303
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Legend
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.
119 Russell Rd
2Kensington
3Feb 20 / 97
4
5My dear old Friend
6
7You are curiously mistaken if you fancy that I think the white men in
8Mashonaland are worse than any-where else. My view is (& I have had
9many close & intimate friends among the men there) that the rottenness
10filters down from the government to the so-ciety as a whole, & makes
11it hard for the bravest & best men to abide by traditions of humanity
12& justice!
13
14I wish I could have seen you here.
15
16We leave for Rome on Monday morning. If you want to write to me
17address Poste Restante Rome.
18
19Unless affairs here or in Africa call me back, I shall not return till
20May. I am so very sorrowful to think you are broken in health in any
21way. Take a run to Rome while we are there.
22
23Yours ever
24Olive Schreiner
25
Notation
Rive’s (1987) version of this letter is in minor respects incorrect.