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Letter ReferenceJohn Mackenzie A75/8/2779
ArchiveWilliam Cullen Library, Historical Papers, University of the Witwatersrand
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date12 March 1898
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToJohn Mackenzie
Other VersionsRive 1987: 326-7
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The Project is grateful to the William Cullen Library, University of Johannesburg, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Historical Papers.
1 The Homestead
2 March 12 / 98
4 My dear Mr Mackenzie
6 I have not yet seen your article in the Contemporary Review, but am
7very glad to hear it has appeared. I am writing to you at the request
8of Mr Albert Cartwright who was, but is no more, the Editor of the
9Kimberley Advertiser. He is now to be the Editor of a new paper in
10Cape Town, which is to represent, we hope, the true liberal cause in
11South Africa, on the native question, taxation, & in opposition to the
12capitalist party, encluding Rhodes. Very able men are going to write
13for it, & Mr Cartwright is anxious to enlist you. He cannot now pay
14more than £1 a column, but will be glad to pay you that if you ever
15feel inclined to write either signed or unsigned articles for it, on
16the native or other public questions.
18 I do hope you will find your-self able to do something for the paper.
19Rhodes & his party have just bought up the Cape Register & there is
20now not one free out-spoken liberal paper in the Colony. With much
21love to Bessie & friendly greetings to yourself & Mrs Mackenzie,
23 I remain
24 Yours very sincerely
25 Olive Schreiner
27 PS If you think of writing forto Mr Cartwright his address will be
28Albert Cartwright
29 The White House
30 Cape Town
32 The paper is to appear in about three months time.
The article by John Mackenzie is: 'Bechuanaland' The Contemporary Review February 1898, pp.282-92. The newspaper that Albert Cartwright became the editor of was the South African News. Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.