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Letter ReferenceT120 (M722): W.T. Stead Papers/7- pages 62-5
ArchiveNational Archives Depot, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: March 1890 ; Before End: December 1890
Address Fromna
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. The year has been written on this letter in an unknown hand, while content suggests it was written from Matjesfontein, where Schreiner was mainly resident from March 1890 for around two years, with frequent visits elsewhere.
1My dear Friend,
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3Reading Booths book puts you much in my thought. The book is splendid
4the idea is necess-ary. I suppose if some such work had not shortly
5been started the very ?stones would presently have cried out. I have
6always had the most intense sympathy with the Salvation Army, spite of
7of my dis-approval of its dogmas. If it were in my power to be of my
8assistance in the Colonizing s-cheme, I should willingly give time &
9thought to it.
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11I think the Rev= of Rev gets better & better. So glad of your success.
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13Your success is always a matter of joy to me. I should always be hurt
14by your failing in any direction. I am very well & working. Don’t
15trouble to reply to this unless there is something I can do.
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17Yours always with deep sympathy,
18Olive Schreiner
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20Address
21Matjesfontein
22Cape Colony
23South Africa
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25if you ever write. Rhodes’s Prime Ministership is answering splendidly
26so far; beyond all expectation. He is certainly the most remarkable
27man we have ever had in South Africa, one of the most remark-able in
28the world. Except for the Northward movement all is flat enough out here.
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Notation
The book by Booth that Schreiner refers to is: William Booth (1890) In Darkest England and the Way Out London: Intetnational Headquarters of the Salvation Army.