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Letter ReferenceLetters/425
Epistolary Type
Letter Date15 September 1893
Address FromMillthorpe, Holmesfield, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Address To
Who ToMary Brown nee Solomon
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 211-12; Rive 1987: 225
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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. John Brown.
2Sheffield, 15th Sept.
4I am leaving for London on Monday to go to Eastbourne where I remain
5till I sail on the 6th October. ... Cron has a wonderful, quite
6magnetic, influence on young men, and in some marvellous way seems to
7draw out what is best in them, so he might be of help to the Boy out
8there. There are quite half a dozen young men I know who say they owe
9all their intellectual life and strength to him, and he keeps them
10straight, wakes up a kind of spiritual enthusiasm in them. All his
11greatest qualities, come out in contact with younger men.