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Letter ReferenceG.W. Cross MS 14, 462/3
ArchiveCory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date4 February 1897
Address FromNew College, Eastbourne, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToG.W. Cross
Other VersionsRive 1987: 301
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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 letter is written on printed headed notepaper.
1New College
4 Feb 4 / 97
6 Dear Friend
8 I sent you last week the copy of a little South African story. Please
9regard it as strictly private till it appears. It will I think certainly
10be published on the 17th of Feb (this month) but something
11might delay its appearance a little. Please don't show it to other
12people till you see in the papers that it is published here. The copy
13I send you is a rough unrevised proof. I will send you a copy of the
14book itself as soon as I have one.
16 I know that I shall be bitterly & everywhere attacked in South Africa
17for writing it; but there are some things a man must do. Good bye dear
18Friend. Is there any chance of your going to Johannesburg?
20 Olive Schreiner
The 'little African story' is Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland. Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.