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Epistolary Type
Letter Date8 January 1886
Address From16 Portsea Place, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 91
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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, 8th Jan.
3
4I went by myself to the Millais pictures this morning. I hate Millais
5more than ever - a cold worldly soul, without one touch of the true fire.
6
7I am going this evening to the Metropole to dine with Dr. and Mrs.
8Chapman of the Westminster. ... I don't think there is anything false
9in my heart to you or anyone, not even unreal. It is only that the
10feeling I have not for you or any man you all of you want. Your little
11sister and comrade.
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