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Letter ReferenceLetters/445
Epistolary Type
Letter Date1896
Address FromKimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToJohn T. Lloyd
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 219-20
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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 J. T. Lloyd.
2Kimberley (apparently early in 1896).
4Yes, I believe Rhodes has fallen for ever. My feelings are a strange
5mixture of intense personal sympathy with Rhodes in his downfall, and
6an almost awful sense of relief that the terrible power which was
7threatening to crush all South Africa is broken. I think we feel on a
8small scale as Europe must have felt after the battle of Waterloo. Yes,
9 it is an old, old plan, in Rhodes' mind, at least three or four years
10old. It is too terrible to think of what the results would have been,
11if Jameson had not been defeated.