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Letter ReferenceLetters/108
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date17 August 1885
Address From16 Portsea Place, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 78-9
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Legend
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 Havelock Ellis.
216, Portsea Place, 17th Aug.
3
4Last night D - came in. He said a funny coincidence just happened. He
5was leaving the Savile Club and talking to a military doctor just come
6from Egypt. D - said he had to go (he was coming to me) and the minute
7after the man told him that last Sunday he was reading the most
8wonderful book he ever read, An African Farm. “Why,” D - said, “the
9writer of that book is the very person I am going to see.” He man said
10he wanted to see me; so D - asked if he could fetch him, and they
11stayed talking till half-past eleven.
12