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Letter ReferenceLetters/168
Epistolary Type
Letter Date19 March 1886
Address FromBournemouth, Dorset
Address To
Who ToErilda Cawood nee Buckley
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 95-6
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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. Cawood.
2Bournemouth, 19th March.
4Ach, dear friend, I do long so for a little Cape sunshine sometimes.
5Everything else is delightful here, but we never see the sun. Some day
6I shall come to have a look at him. I have been staying at the Isle of
7Wight, but it was too damp there; then I came here; such a lovely
8place - but it's too damp, so now I'm going to try Harrow-on-the-Hill
9near London. ...
11There is a very interesting book you would much like to read, if you
12have not, Variations of Plants and Animals, by Darwin. There are many
13interesting experiments with grafting, breeding, etc. Do you subscribe
14to the Cradock Library? You can get it there. That dear little library!
15 When I am rich I am going to send out £50 for it! It has given me
16more help and pleasure than anything else in my life almost. ... I
17wish I could see some Boers and some Kaffirs. I think I should kiss
18them all.