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Letter ReferenceSCCSTheLetters/Stead/2
Epistolary Type
Letter Date1891
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Thomas Stead
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 205
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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. There is a small group of separate typescripts of SCCS-edited letters to W.T. Stead, which appear in The Letters but for which no originals are extant. Schreiner letters to Stead where originals survive will be found in relevant collections; the SCCS extracts are included here for sake of completeness. However, their relationship to the original letters cannot now be gauged, and so they should be read with caution for the reasons given.
1(No date, no place. ?Cape Town.)
2To W. T. Stead.
4I shall never forget the stand you made for women eight years ago when
5my heart first went out to you. It is a debt that I, to whom all
6broken or oppressed things, be they prostitutes or South African
7natives, are dear as though they had sprung from my body, can never
Cronwright-Schreiner places this snippet from a letter in the 1891 sequence.