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Letter ReferenceLetters/344
Epistolary Type
Letter Date17 March 1889
Address FromMentone, France
Address To
Who ToIsaline Philpot
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 157
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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. J. H. Philpot.
2Mentone, 17th March.
4I wish I was large and strong and could put my arms round all the
5tired lonely women in the world and help them. The work of my life is
6to try and teach women to love one another. If we would leave off
7quarrelling with men and just love and hold each other's hands an
8would come right. Oh, I love the two women in my book so I am getting
9to love women more and more. I love men too, so very much only they
10don't need me.
The 'women in my book' refers to characters in From Man to Man.