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Letter ReferenceT120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/56- pages 221-222
ArchiveNational Archives Depot, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: October 1898 ; Before End: September 1899
Address FromTransvaal
Address To
Who ToWilliam Thomas Stead
Other Versions
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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. This letter refers to events during the run-up to the South African War, while Schreiner moved to Johannesburg in October/November 1898, and thus its dating. An unknown hand has written ‘Transvaal’ as the place it was sent from.
1Dear Friend
2
3I have not been able to get your last pamphlet as they are carefuly
4excluded from the book stall here, can you send me a copy. Your
5dialogue in the last Rev of Reviews was one of the best things that
6has been written on this war.
7
8/ The most terrible things in the whole war are the persistant
9attempts to defeat all the attempts of the Cape Ministry to keep peace
10in the colony, & to goad the Cape Colonists into way. It is hellish.
11
12I enclose you a letter cut from this morning’s Cape Times, attacking
13Mr Sauer for going up to the front to try & keep peace. The harm
14Milner did by
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16^his visit, accusations of disloyalty against the Cape Colonists unreadable^
17
18^be measured. It cut the hearts of the people deep.^
19Olive Schreiner
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21^Don’t cease to write & speak^
22
Notation
The enclosed ‘letter cut from this morning’s Cape Times’ is no longer attached. Stead’s pamphlet cannot be established; also a dialogue by him in the Review of Reviews during 1898 cannot be traced in any of its issues.