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Letter ReferenceMilner Papers, dep. 210, ff. 396-7
ArchiveSpecial Collections, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date10 July 1899
Address FromJohannesburg, Transvaal
Address To
Who ToAlfred Milner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 368
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Legend
The Project is grateful to the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, and the Warden and Scholars of New College, Oxford, for permission to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of their Special Collections.
1Box 406
2Johannesburg
3
4Dear Sir Alfred Milner
5
6I wrote you a letter of 16 sheets yesterday, but thinking it over it
7seems, why should I send it?
8
9I would have answered your kind note from Bloemfontein, but I have put
10it of continually meaning to write a long letter & never been able.
11Have you read the new life of Sir George Grey? If you have not I
12should like to send you my copy to read, if you would care to. You
13know we all met you with open arms & open hearts in South Africa
14saying, “Here is our new Sir George Grey.” We would all have loved you
15so if you would have let us.
16
17Yours very sincerely
18Olive Schreiner
19
20July 10 / 99
21
Notation
The ‘new life’ of Grey referred to is likely to be: James Milne (1899) The Romance of a Pro-Consul: Being the Personal Life and Memoirs of the Right Hon Sir George Grey London: Chatto & Windus. Rive’s (1987) version of this letter is incorrect in minor ways.