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Epistolary Type
Letter Date26 December 1885
Address From16 Portsea Place, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 88-9
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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, 26th Dec.
3
4My Havelock, a policeman wanted to take me to prison yesterday because
5I was walking with [a mutual friend] up the square at 12 o'clock. My God,
6 my God, but I am mad! You will see my letter in the Daily News. Tell
7Louie I am too mad to write to her or anyone. Oh, Havelock, all those
8poor women! If you had seen the look of the wretch as he came up and
9said: "I don't want you, sir, I want her"!
10
Notation
Two drafts of Schreiner’s letter to the Daily News can be found at HRC/OliveSchreinerLetters/OS-DailyNews/1 and HRC/OliveSchreinerLetters/OS-DailyNews/2.