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Letter ReferenceT120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/5- pages 55-7
ArchiveNational Archives Depot, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date9 May 1890
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western 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.
1Matjesfontein
2Ap May 9 / 90
3
4Dear Friend
5
6I hear there is a notice of my Allegory in the Review of Reviews but
7haven’t seen it. Will you post me 6 copies for April. I enclose an
8order. I am delighted with the Review. You can’t think how useful it
9is to me up here hundreds of miles from the nearest library. I know
10just what review I want to buy.
11
12I am living up in the Karroo now, & shall likely remain here till
13August. When I hope to begin a journey up to the Zambesi or Lake Gnami
14& I shall likely be taking a run up to Kimberley [wordmissing] the
15winter, but please order the Reviews to be addressed to
16Matjesfontein
17Cape Colony.
18South Africa.
19The Cape Colony is necessary as there other places of the same name in
20the Free State.
21
22I hope the Review is a success in every sense. The only English paper
23I ever see is the daily Pall Mall. I sometimes fancy I still see your
24hand in it!
25
26This is a solitary place in the Karroo. It is very restful to be here
27& I work a great deal.
28
29Good bye. All success & good be with you.
30Olive Schreiner
31
Notation
The 'notice' about Schreiner’s allegory is: 'A Vision of Hell. By Olive Schreiner' in 'The Reviews reviewed' section, the Review of Reviews April 1890 Vol 1, issue 4, p.317; it refers to her 'audacious and original allegory', 'The Sunlight Lay Across My Bed'. The first part of this had appeared in the New Review that month; see 'The Sunlight Lay Across My Bed; Part I - Hell' New Review vol 1, no.11, April 1890, pp.300-9.