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George MacDonald (1824 - 1905) was a Scottish writer and poet and also a Christian minister. In a letter from Schreiner to Erilda Cawood of 1882, Schreiner refers to attending a lecture of MacDonald’s. She also writes amusingly to Edward Carpenter (5 April 1888) of an encounter with MacDonald and his family in Bordighera in Italy, where it seems that MacDonald had mistaken her as ‘one of those unhappy women from Monte Carlo’, that is, as a ‘loose woman’.
For further information see:
Glenn Edward Sadler (2004) ‘MacDonald, George (1824-1905)’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/34701
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