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Letter Date18 September 1885
Address From16 Portsea Place, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 82
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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, 18th Sept.
3
4The thought suddenly came to me this evening that - had come back.
5(You know he wasn't to come till next week.) I knew it quite well. I
6put on my things and went round to - Street. The hall lamp was lighted
7and there was a little light shining through the shutters of the room.
8I came home, I was going to have my warm bath and was undressed when I
9heard a woman and child singing outside in the street. I went to the
10window to give them some pennies, and when I looked out I saw him
11going away. My landlady said I was gone to bed. He said he would come
12again to-morrow, and she mustn't tell me he had been. Do you like me
13to tell you all about myself? You must tell me if ever you don't.
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