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Letter ReferenceLetters/309
Epistolary Type
Letter DateOctober 1888
Address FromSt Albans, Hertfordshire
Address To
Who ToIsaline Philpot
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 142
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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.
2St. Albans, Oct.
4My chest has been much worse this time in England than it ever was
5before. … I got an old woman at Harpenden to pack my things, but it
6ended in my giving them nearly all to her!
8A friend came and brought me here. I don’t know what I should have
9done without her. It’s terrible to think of all the people who must
10die in England this winter because they can’t get away.