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Letter ReferenceLetters/21
Epistolary Type
Letter Date14 May 1882
Address From81 Guildford Street, Russell Square, Camden, London
Address To
Who ToErilda Cawood nee Buckley
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 10
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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.
281, Guilford Street, Russell Square, London, 14th May.
4Dear old friend, so you won't write to me, won't you? Well then I'll
5write to you. How are you? Don't you think a body wants to hear from
6you sometimes, especially when you must have such interesting news to
7give? ... I like the life here and am in much better health. ... Is
8Annie at home now? Where is Willie? Is Ossy at Lovedale? How does your
9baby fare? Why have you got so many? I'm sure you don t need them all.
10And I would give just anything for one. I'm going to adopt a child as
11soon as ever I'm rich enough. …