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Letter ReferenceT120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/51- pages 199-203
ArchiveNational Archives Depot, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 7 March 1904
Address From6 Tamboerskloof Road, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Thomas Stead
Other Versions
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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. Letter content provides the address this letter was sent from and the day it was written on; Schreiner’s other letters to Stead during his March 1904 visit to South Africa indicate the precise date of the Monday in question.
1Dear Friend
3I shall be very glad to see you if you can come here tomorrow
4(Tuesday) afternoon. The address is 6 Tamboers Kloof Road, Tamboers
7If you come by train the Tamboers Kloof train (which passes the door
8of the Grand Hotel will put you down at the top of Tamboers Kloof Rd &
9our boarding house is the fourth house from where the train will put
10you down at the left hand side as you walk down.
12Whatever did make you say that I didn’t approve of of South Africans
13writing down their experiences of this war & of Englands treatment of
14us??? When, where, & how, did you imagine I said such a thing?? It has
15been my especial hobby & my especial work to get people to write down
16their experiences, a large important work. Good judges who have read
17parts of it say it is simply superb; & there were three other persons
18who ?have large quantities of M.S. in the room! We don’t talk of it;
19but we work!
The ‘it’ that people had read parts of refers to a manuscript or publication concerned with people’s – perhaps particularly women’s – experiences of the South African War. Schreiner was sent both women’s testimonies and also the wartime diary of Alida Badenhorst for comment by Emily Hobhouse (see Olive Schreiner to Emily Hobhouse HTC/2), but the precise piece of writing that the ‘it’ here refers to cannot be established.