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Epistolary Type
Letter DateFriday 1890
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToErilda Cawood nee Buckley
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 194
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Legend
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. R. Cawood.
2Matjesfontein, Friday (? In 1890).
3
4I have very bad asthma here; if it doesn't get better shall have to
5try Kimberley or Cradock. I should be so sorry to come to you ill but
6a few days at Ganna Hoek might drive my enemy away. If I can't come,
7do come here and see me. How lovely it would be if you and I could go
8up to Kimberley together for a week or a fort-night; then I would go
9back with you perhaps to Cradock! Can't you come?
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