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Letter ReferenceLetters/497
Epistolary Type
Letter Date29 April 1911
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToEmmeline Pethick-Lawrence nee Pethick
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 299
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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. Pethick Lawrence.
2De Aar, 29th April.
4I am a very mild woman, but I would scalp my dearest friend if they
5tried to alter two lines in any book I had written. I would forgive
6them if they tried to cut off my head or my nose.