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Letter ReferenceLetters/146
Epistolary Type
Letter Date29 December 1885
Address From16 Portsea Place, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 89
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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. 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.
1To Havelock Ellis.
216, Portsea Place, 29th Dec.
4The policeman has been to apologise to me, sent by [the mutual friend]
5but that makes no difference. I must write; it is a matter of
6principle. ... I am not going to see anyone who calls, I am not going
7to write to anyone, except, perhaps, a word to you when it rests me. A
8little more and I shall break down, for ever. Oh, for one month when I
9should not see a human face or hear a human voice. Carpenter is the
10only exception I would make if he called, but I don't think he will.
11What is his address? Goodbye, my sweet, noble comrade. Write to me.