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Letter ReferenceLetters/25
Epistolary Type
Letter Date20 March 1884
Address FromEdinburgh House, Warrior Square, St Leonards, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToErilda Cawood nee Buckley
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 13
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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. Cronwright-Schreiner comments that the letter this extract was taken from included Schreiner ‘saying how happy her mother is at the Convent, Grahamstown, and telling of having met “a blind poet, Philip Marston”.’ The Story of An African Farm was initially published under the pseudonym Ralph Iron.
1To Mrs. Cawood.
2Edinburgh House, St. Leonards, 20th March.
4... The great pleasure to me however has been the meeting of some, I
5may say many, fine women. The outcome of my experience of the world
6and of things is greatly to increase my faith in women. ... Ralph Iron,
7 Esq., gets so many letters, and then I have to answer them for him!