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Albert Cartwright

Journalist Albert Cartwright (1868 - 1956) took up the editorship of the South African News in 1899. He was detained by the British authorities at the Cape in 1901 for his outspoken criticisms of Britain’s conduct of the South African War, and in particular for the criticisms he made concerning Kitchener. Cartwright had previously edited the Diamond Fields Advertiser until 1898, when he eventually resigned under pressure from pro-Rhodes forces. He briefly edited the Cape Mercury before taking up editorship of the South African News. Schreiner’s letters indicate that she was instrumental in supporting Cartwright when he established the South African News, writing to various people to suggest that they take out subscriptions, and writing to John Mackenzie asking whether he might contribute articles. Cartwright was also a contributor to the anti-imperial book of verse, Songs of the Veld, published in 1902.¬† It is likely that some letters were exchanged between Schreiner and Cartwright, although none have been traced.

For further information see:
W.D. Maxwell-Mahon and A.M. Davey (1987) ‘Cartwright, Albert’ in (ed) C.J. Beyers Dictionary of South African Biography¬† Vol V Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council, pp. 116 - 117
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