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Letter ReferenceG.W. Cross MS 14, 462/1
ArchiveCory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypePostcard
Letter Date20 August 1896
Address FromKowie River (Port Alfred), Eastern Cape
Address ToGrahamstown, Eastern Cape
Who ToG.W. Cross
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The Project is grateful to the Cory Library for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of their collections. The date of this postcard is provided by the postmark; the address it was sent to is on its front.
1 Dear Mr Cross
3 Did you get the article on the Wanderings of Boer I sent this week? If
4so when done with please pass on to my mother! We hope to be in
5Grahamstown on Monday week.
7 Yours ever
8 Olive Schreiner
10 ^I'm sorry I've not seen Mr Brotherton. Don't you need a change to the
Schreiner stayed at the Kowie River for most of August 1896, holidaying but also working on the manuscript of what became Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland. The 'Wanderings of Boer' concerns one of her 'Returned South African' essays published in parts in the Fortnightly Review. See: "Prefatory note: Stray Thoughts on South Africa" Fortnightly Review April 1896, vol 59, pp.510; "Stray Thoughts on South Africa: The Boer" Fortnightly Review April 1896, vol 59, pp.510-540; "Stray Thoughts on South Africa: The Boer (Continued from April Number.)" Fortnightly Review July 1896, vol 60, pp.1-35; and "Stray Thoughts on South Africa: The Boer (Continued from July Number.)" Fortnightly Review August 1896, vol 60, pp.225-256. Although prepared for publication, a dispute with a US publisher and the South African War (1899-19020 prevented this. They and some other essays were posthumously published as Thoughts on South Africa. This composite article on "The Boer" contains more than the present essay of that title in Thoughts on South Africa.