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Letter ReferenceMary Gladstone (Mrs Drew) Add. 46244, f.163
ArchiveBritish Library, Department of Manuscripts, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMay 1888
Address FromHotel Mediterranio, Alassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToMary Drew nee Gladstone (m. 1886)
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The Project is grateful to the British Library for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections. The date as 'before May 1888 has been written on the letter in an unknown hand.
1 Hotel Mediterrane
2 Alassio
3 Italy
4
5 Dear Mrs Drew
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7 Thank you much for sending me your article. I am delighted to know how
8much you are with us. I hope you will write more. What you say will
9have weight, not only because of your position but because of a force
10& directness in your style. Thank you.
11
12 I am giving all my time to working on the woman question just now.
13
14 I have not seen the story you mention, thank you, I should like to see
15it.
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17 The next thing I publish will not be a novel but something didactic on
18the woman question. I couldn't get away to Africa last ^this^ year as I
19had hoped, & I am afraid I may not be able to next. I return to
20England in May for some weeks.
21
22 Will you kindly, if you should write anything further send it me,
23because living here I am not likely to see it. I hope you are quite
24strong again.
25
26 Sincerely yours
27 Olive Schreiner
28
Notation
The article by Mary Drew referred to cannot be established. Schreiner's work on 'the woman question' referred to is likely to br her unfinished 'Introduction' to Mary Wollstonecraft's (1792, London: J. Johnson) A Vindication of the Rights of Women, as she mentions 'something didactic'.