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Letter ReferenceLetters/521
Epistolary Type
Letter Date18 October 1913
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToClifford (‘Annie’) Cawood (m. Mrs E. J. Stanley)
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 328
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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. Stanley (Clifford Cawood).
2De Aar, 18th Oct.
4I am wondering how it is going with you all. Write and give me all the
5family news, dear. I am leaving for Europe on the 6th December, to go
6and try a heart cure at Florence in Italy. I am now so bad I can't be
7worse, and the cure, which has wonderfully helped a friend of mine,
8may help me. It is very hard to leave my dear husband for so long. He
9seems to grow sweeter and finer as he grows older.