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Letter ReferenceLetters/20
Epistolary Type
Letter Date3 October 1881
Address FromEastbourne, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToErilda Cawood nee Buckley
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 10
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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.
2Eastbourne, 3rd Oct.
4I leave on Saturday for London to enter the Endell Street Hospital for
5three months to study midwifery. ... It is a great lying-in hospital
6in one of the lowest parts of London, so that I shall be able to do
7that which I so much wish, and learn to know our poor. My chest is
8very bad again, I am worse than when I came to you to Ganna Hoek that
9time to be made well, but I am as likely to stand the winter in London
10as anywhere else. This ill-health makes it very hard for me to study.