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Letter ReferenceLetters/30
Epistolary Type
Letter Date13 September 1884
Address From39 Belgrave Road, St John’s Wood, London
Address To
Who ToErilda Cawood nee Buckley
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 41
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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.
239, Belgrade Road, London, 13th Sept.
4I haven't changed a bit in the way you fancy, though I have changed.
5When dear old John Pursglove was in England all he could say about me
6the first few days he was here was, "Well, Miss Olive, you have
7changed," and when I asked him how - “Why, you’ve grown so soft.” I
8couldn’t get any further information out of him. I should love you ten
9times more than ever if I knew you now. … We have often talked about
10good and noble men. I wish you knew my friend Henry Ellis. He is so
11tender to others' weaknesses and so unselfish. ... On my way back from
12Regent's Park I went through a large graveyard and found a very old
13woman trying to find her mother's grave. She must have been eighty I
14think. I found it for her at last and she was in such a state of