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Letter ReferenceLetters/130
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date28 October 1885
Address From16 Portsea Place, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 84
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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, 28th Oct.
3
4Chest bad but better. … I am going to write to that Arnold White; it
5will be nice to see someone who comes from the Cape. ... Why won't you
6let me see Miss Haddon's letter? I know she will look upon me as one
7of us," just as the Christians do. It rather flatters me to feel that
8however much I contradict people they will persist in thinking I feel
9as they do!
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