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Letter ReferenceLetters/439
Epistolary Type
Letter Date3 November 1894
Address FromKimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToIsaline Philpot
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 216
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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.
2Kimberley, 3rd Nov.
4I am writing the baby a little book; every day I write a little to it;
5so that, in case I should die, it will still have that, and I am
6writing it out a list of all the books I want it to read. I don't
7think I shall die, you know, but it satisfies me to think it will have
8that. ... If my child is a girl I shall bring her up from the time she
9is quite tiny always to look forward to some definite work in
10life-though I should, of course leave the choice of a profession quite
11open to her. Cron is terribly anxious to have a little daughter but I
12should love a little son just as well. ... I am reading all Walter
13Bagehot's books over again.