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Letter ReferenceLetters/24
Epistolary Type
Letter Date15 November 1883
Address FromRose Cottage, Bexhill, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToErilda Cawood nee Buckley
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 11
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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. Cronwright-Schreiner comments that “the enclosed” refers to a photograph of Olive Schreiner: “a photo of herself, in corsets, on the corner of a table; the only photo of her in corsets”. Schreiner’s ‘little book’ refers to The Story of An African Farm.
1To Mrs. Cawood.
2Rose Cottage, Bexhill, 15th Nov.
4I am having to go back to St. Leonard's on account of my chest. ...
6I hope you will like the enclosed. The man made me jump up on the
7table and then said when I was only half up, "Now, steady,'" and took
8me; that is why I am in such a funny position. ... Almost every week I
9get letters from people I have never seen, telling me how much my
10little book has helped and gladdened them. I feel often as if too much
11of the good and joy of life were put into my cup. One must but try to
12give back what one gets.