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Letter ReferenceLetters/558
Epistolary Type
Letter DateMarch 1915
Address FromLondon
Address To
Who ToEmily Hobhouse
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 348
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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 Miss E. Hobhouse.
2London (? Mar.).
4... I would not go to that meeting even if I were well. I am so sick
5of English jingo-ism and self-glorification which ever, under the
6guise of a "peace" meeting, always comes out. I went to one peace
7meeting, and I and many of the audience hissed some of the speakers
8and called "Peace! Peace! We want peace!" It was supposed to be a
9peace meeting; and some of the women began to talk of how they could
10help the war!!! It is much better I should stay away from such