"Saddest & loneliest old years eve, old days at Heald Town" Read the full letter
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Letter ReferenceLetters/461
Epistolary Type
Letter Date20 April 1905
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToDora Cawood
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 252
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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 Miss Dora Cawood.
2Cape Town, 20th April.
4I have just seen the notice in the paper that my dearly loved old
5friend has gone from us. I don't think you can understand all I feel.
6Will you please write and tell me about her last illness? Did she
7suffer much? Were you all about her? Have you put her to rest by
8Elsie? It is a beautiful thought to me that when I die I shall sleep
9on the top of the old mountain and my dear old friend be down in the
10valley below.