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Letter ReferenceLetters/22
Epistolary Type
Letter Date11 July 1882
Address From11 Porchester Gardens, Westerminster, London
Address To
Who ToErilda Cawood nee Buckley
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 10-11
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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.
211, Porchester Gardens, London, 11th July
4Will came to say goodbye to me on Thursday. We had a very happy time
5together. In the afternoon we went for a walk in Kensington Gardens;
6then he took me to dinner at the Anglo-Indian dining rooms, and after
7that we went to Drury Lane Theatre, and saw Madame Ristori, the
8greatest actress now living, act Lady Macbeth. It was glorious. Her
9moan of remorseful agony in the sleep-walk scene made one quiver. ...
10As far as material things go, I have everything a heart could wish for,
11 my old brother takes such care of me. ... I have had a touch of
12in-flammation of the lungs, since last I wrote, and am not so very
13strong. ... I am doing a great deal of reading and writing, but not
14attending lectures.