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Letter ReferenceLetters/470
Epistolary Type
Letter Date9 April 1908
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToAdela Villiers Smith nee Villiers
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 277
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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. Francis Smith.
2Matjesfontein, 9th April.
4... It's funny to me to think of your having the little son christened.
5 It's to me quite as savage an institution as a Kaffir witch-doctor
6weaving a spell to keep away the evil eye: and so un-Jesus-like. But
7then all Christianity, so called, is. To me Jesus was a poor
8working-man socialist of genius, a sort of Keir Hardie!