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Letter ReferenceLetters/452
Epistolary Type
Letter Date8 January 1900
Address FromNewlands, Cape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToMary King Roberts
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 229
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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. Mary King Roberts.
2Newlands, Capetown, 8th Jan.
4My husband, Cronwright Schreiner, is going home to England by this
5mail. He is going home to try to en-lighten English people a little as
6to the condition of affairs in this country. He will be staying with
7John A. Hobson, Elmstead, Limpsfield, Surrey. If you sympathise with
8the movement in this country in favour of peace and you and Dr.
9Roberts think he could do anything good by coming up to Cambridge,
10would you let him know. His opinion will have this value, that he is a
11pure Englishman without a drop of any un-British blood, and that he
12has lived for a year as a Uitlander in Johannesburg and knows all
13about the falsely called "grievances" there. Of course, you may be on
14the war side, but it seems to me hardly likely. It will be nice to
15hear all about you from Cron if he should see you.