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Epistolary Type
Letter Date25 December 1885
Address From16 Portsea Place, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToIsaline Philpot
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 88
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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. J. H. Philpot.
216, Portsea Place, 25th Dec.
3
4Life, from the time one enters it, seems to be a battle between the
5duty one owes to one's work of life, and the duty one owes to the
6fellowmen one loves and to one's own nature. If one was a little wiser,
7 one would know how to combine all.
8