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Letter ReferenceT120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/45- pages 183-186 & 241
ArchiveNational Archives Depot, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: January 1897 ; Before End: February 1897
Address From19 Russell Road, Kensington, London
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. Schreiner stayed many times in Russell Road, the home of her friend Alice Corthorn, while visiting England. The letter refers to Stead collecting photographs for his Notables of Britain, which was published in the first part of 1897. During her 1897 visit to the UK, Schreiner stayed at Russell Road in January and February; thus the dating of this letter. The letter is written on printed headed notepaper. The end of the letter appears to be missing.
119, Russell Road,
2Kensington. W.
4Dear Friend
6I’m so glad you are going to print Sir George Grey’s photograph. It
7will delight the heart of the dear old man who sent it & took it.
8Please be sure to mention that it was taken by Mr F W Dugmore
9(Dugmore). He’s a great admirer of yours, (he’s not a professional
10photographer) & it will delight him.
12As to me dear friend I havent time to have my photo taken, I havent a
13moment free & want much to jet off on Saturday. Don’t quote anything
14out of my letter because it was written for you only & I don’t
15remember what I said.
17Please I am so glad you are going to write admiringly of that grand
18old man Sir George Grey.
20As to my last letter, dear friend, don’t think it’s only with you; I
21won’t agu argue about South African affairs with any one. My health
22won’t stand it.
The book referred to is: WT Stead (1897) Notables of Britain: An Album of Portraits and Autographs London: Review of Review Offices. The entry for Olive Schreiner, with the Elliott & Fry photograph referred to, is on page 205 and describes her as ‘the most remarkable woman of South Africa...; a brilliant writer; a vehement but somewhat Utopian politician.’.