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Letter ReferenceLetters/8
Epistolary Type
Letter Date10 March 1878
Address FromTarkastad, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToCatherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 4
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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 Katie; Her Sister.
2Tarkastad, 10th March.
4...I am now in Tarkastad, waiting for Mr. Martin to come and fetch me.
5I am much better, only a little weak and shall be quite strong when I
6get out to the farm and drink lots of milk. I can't tell you how kind
7everyone was to me in Queenstown. In spite of all the pain and
8weakness the time spent there will always stand out like a sunny dream. ...
10... I am always thirsting for beautiful, beautiful, beautiful music. I
11wish I could make it. Perhaps there isn't any music on earth like what
12I picture to myself.