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Letter ReferenceT120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/41- pages 171-172
ArchiveNational Archives Depot, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date3 March 1894
Address FromKrantz Plaats, Halesowen, Eastern 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.
1Krantz Plaats
2P.O Halesowen
3Cape Colony
4March 3 / 94
5
6Dear Friend
7
8I am not quite sure (I have had so many letters to write) whether I
9wrote to tell you of my wedding on the 24th of Feb. We came straight
10to our farm, a wild, wild, place in the Karroo, but much after my own
11heart. Next week I shall send you some photographs of it, & of my
12husband & myself among our goats & ostriches!
13
14You would have a hearty welcome from us both if you ever come out here
15as I hope you will some day.
16
17Your old friend
18Olive Schreiner
19
20^Address Mrs Olive Schreiner^
21
Notation
The paper this letter is written on also has on it a printed ‘Progressive’ congratulatory verse on his marriage entitled ‘To. S.C.C’, which is as follows:

‘Progressive One! in this thy happiest day,
When joy is present, and through lovers dreams
The future with a hue more resolute gleams.
Take heed, and bear this fact in mind alway,
The Genius thou has wooed with thee to stay
Is of the nation, who will look to see
It still outpoured to thrill the Colony.
Watch to thyself, that none may ever say
That thou didst fail to wear thine honours well.
Life has begun. – take up thy work, - advance!
Thou’lt have an influence now than which no spell
Could e’er more power have giv’n. – And
soon, perchance
The Senate of thy native land will hear
Thy voice for Progress pleading calm and clear.

W.

^Middelburg^
Feb 24 / 94