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Letter ReferenceErnest Rhys Papers vol II (Ernest Rhys) Eg. 3248, ff.20-21B
ArchiveBritish Library, Department of Manuscripts, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: June 1888 ; Before End: September 1888
Address FromRoseneath, Harpenden, Hertfordshire
Address To
Who ToErnest Rhys
Other VersionsRive 1987: 141-2
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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 has been written on the letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in Harpenden from late June to late September 1888.
1 Roseneath
2 Harpenden
4 Dear Mr Rhys
6 I send Rights of Woman & will in a day or two send Godwin's Life of
7Mary W. which I consider much the most important part of the volume.
9 How much do you think you shall give me for the introduction? In
10confidence, to be answered only if you feel at liberty. Do you think
11Walter Scott pretty straight as a publisher. I don't want to sell the
12copy right of my next one next book, but want a quite straight man to
13publish it giving me a royalty of so much a copy. I return your
14friend's letter thanks. I hope I shall see America some day. I've had
15some very nice letters from unknown Americans lately.
17 Yours sincerely
18 Olive Schreiner
The enclosed letter is no longer attached. Rive's (1987) version has been misdated, omits part of the letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.