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Epistolary Type
Letter Date1891
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToErilda Cawood nee Buckley
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 203
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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, 1891.
3
4My darling friend, it is very sad to think I shall never see Elsie. I
5am so glad she came to Bloemfontein and that I asked her to take off
6her hat that I might look well at her. She was so graceful and sweet
7to me. ... To me death is such a beautiful thing, I fear it neither
8for myself nor for others; it is the thought of any physical suffering
9or mental they have gone through that hurts me.
10