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Letter ReferenceSCCSTheLetters/Stead/1
Epistolary Type
Letter DateMay 1891
Address FromPine Grove, Hof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Thomas Stead
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 193-4
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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. There is a small group of separate typescripts of SCCS-edited letters to W.T. Stead, which appear in The Letters but for which no originals are extant. Schreiner letters to Stead where originals survive will be found in relevant collections; the SCCS extracts are included here for sake of completeness. However, their relationship to the original letters cannot now be gauged, and so they should be read with caution for the reasons given.
1Pine Grove, Hof Street, Cape Town (no date).
2To W. T. Stead.
4The Roman Catholic is the best and greatest dead form of Christianity.
5The only really living form is the Salvation Army.
7If I fought on any side I would fight for Parnell, not because I have
8an intense shrinking from the man, but because I would feel it just. I
9would teach the higher sexual morality by educating people till the
10lower, brutal form of love were impossible to them. While most men and
11women of the world feel and act with regard to love as they do, I
12cannot feel it right to single out one from the throng and lay the
13sins of others upon him.