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Letter ReferenceLetters/424
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date11 September 1893
Address FromMillthorpe, Holmesfield, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Address To
Who ToIsaline Philpot
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 211
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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. J. H. Philpot.
2Millthorpe (Sheffield), 11th Sept.
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4The face has a very sweet almost childlike smile; in life its real
5charm lies in the mixture of intense strength, almost hardness, and
6intense gentleness and sweetness. My only fear is that I am not sweet
7enough or large enough to deserve his love.
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