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Letter ReferenceLetters/103
Epistolary Type
Letter Date5 August 1885
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 77
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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.
15th Aug. (2nd letter).
3I have been snuffing glycerine and can see a little better. I have got
4out my papers and am trying to work. I see nothing but sea; it is very
5quiet. (Later.) Am not able to work. Have written to landlady at St.
6Leonards to hear if she can take me. (Later.) Just got your letter.
7The rose leaves I like so much; they seem to comfort me; I’ll never
8throw them away.