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Letter ReferenceLetters/124
Epistolary Type
Letter Date5 October 1885
Address From16 Portsea Place, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 83
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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. The story referred to was never written.
1To Havelock Ellis.
216, Portsea Place, 5th Oct.
4A splendid flash, a whole story, this morning, so lovely, about a rich
5grand prostitute. Oh, so splendid, you will like it so. I am going to
6sit down and begin at once. ... I must work now for money. I shall
7have to beg my brother for a few pounds or work for it. It's so
8splendid to be quite without money and quite reckless. I feel like I
9used to.