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Letter ReferenceSCCSTheLetters/Stead/3
Epistolary Type
Letter Date24 September 1891
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Thomas Stead
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 206
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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.
1Matjesfontein, 24th Sept.
2To W. T. Stead.
4The only thing I didn't like was your putting me on a par with Rhodes.
5He's much greater than I. ... He is now in Mashonaland. One naturally
6feels anxious about him. Any accident to him would, I believe, mean
7the putting back of our South African development for fifty years. ...
8I do not wonder at all at Rhodes' opinion of women. If you knew Cape
9women you would not.
Cronwright-Schreiner places this short selection from a letter with no year in the date in the 1891 sequence.