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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1892/4
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date23 September 1892
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections.
1 Matjesfontein
2 Sep 23 / 92
4 Dear Boy
6 I send you Forts letters. I hope you’ve got the key of his box with
7you. I shouldn’t like to think anyone else could get at it. I am
8longing to hear of your time in Old England. It’s curious how I long
9to be back there now, though I shall long sorely for African summers &
10African skies.
12 I sent our little ones off a box of Karroo flowers this morning. I
13wish Dot belonged to me. God might have given her to me. I’m going
14down to see them next month.
16 Tell a body about what you do & see a little. There’s no news here.
18 Good bye old man
19 Olive
21 P.S. I wish if you see Ellis you would do me a great favour. Ask him
22to show you the agreement with Unwin about Dreams, & just write me ^no
23you can tell me when you can^ your opinion whether legally it gives
26 1st, Any claim to continue publishing the book if I wish to put it
27into the hands of another man; it seems to me that it gives him the
28right to publish it only as long as I wish it?
30 2nd, Whether from the wording of the agreement it gives gives Unwin
31the right to determine at what price it shall be brought out. I want
32it brought out still at 6/- He says he has a right to bring it out at
33what each price he likes & if he chooses will bring it out in a paper
34cover at 1/- which will be an immense loss to me.
36 I see nothing in the agreement determining that he & not I am to
37direct the price. Don’t see Ellis about it if h you have no time, but
38I should like your opinion. In case Ellis hasn’t a copy of the
39agreement I enclose the spare which can be sent to
41 ^Unwin. I’m so sorry about it, but after what he wrote to me I let the
42matter pass it will imply I think he has the right.^
44 ^See Ellis before you send note to Unwin.^