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Letter ReferenceLetters/19
Epistolary Type
Letter Date15 August 1881
Address FromEastbourne, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToErilda Cawood nee Buckley
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 9-10; Rive 1897: 33
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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.
2Eastbourne, 15th Aug.
4I don’t think when we human beings really love one another we can ever
5leave off doing so, and I never seemed so to long for love, or feel as
6though I had so much to give out as I have done since. I came to
7England. …
9I am not yet beginning my medical studies as both my brothers think I
10had better get my books ready for publica-tion before I begin. They
11think I ought to stick to literature, but I can't quite see it. I am a
12man with two loves and don't know which to choose. ...
14I had such a delightful voyage. Lord Colin Campbell, the brother of
15the Marquis of Lorne, was one of the passengers. He was very kind to
16me and we became great friends. He gave me letters of introduction to
17a sister of the Duke of Argyll and several other of his friends, but I
18have not used them. ...