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Letter ReferenceLetters/122
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date5 October 1885
Address From16 Portsea Place, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToErilda Cawood nee Buckley
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 83
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Legend
When Cronwright-Schreiner prepared The Letters of Olive Schreiner, with few exceptions he then destroyed her originals. However, some people gave him copies and kept the originals or demanded the return of these; and when actual Schreiner letters can be compared with his versions, his have omissions, distortions and bowdlerisations. Where Schreiner originals have survived, these will be found in the relevant collections across the OSLO website. There is however a residue of some 587 items in The Letters for which no originals are extant. They are included here for sake of completeness. However, their relationship to Schreiners actual letters cannot now be gauged, and so they should be read with caution for the reasons given.
1To Mrs. Cawood.
216, Portsea Place, 5th Oct.
3
4I've a great many friends who are very loving to me, but sometimes I
5feel very lonely. I want something really to belong to me; there seems
6always one side of one's nature left empty when one lives alone like I
7do. I can't marry, you know, because I never can find anyone that
8suits me.
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