"Heart dying up last 5 or 6 years, 'Soul of a People' like rain falling on dry parched soil" Read the full letter
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Letter ReferenceLetters/302
Epistolary Type
Letter Date13 September 1888
Address FromHarpenden, Hertfordshire
Address To
Who ToIsaline Philpot
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 141
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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. J. H. Philpot.
2Harpenden, 13th Sept.
4Don't trouble about it at all, dear friend. I am perhaps morbidly
5sensitive about saying anything of anyone else. It is perhaps because
6I myself suffer so much; I don't I think others do suffer so, because
7their natures often show them to justify themselves when mine does not.