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Letter ReferenceLetters/156
Epistolary Type
Letter Date2 February 1886
Address FromShanklin, Isle of Wight
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 92
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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. For the letter referred to see: Olive Schreiner to Ray Lankester, 31 January 1886, NELM Olive Schreiner: Havelock Ellis 2006.29/24.
1To Havelock Ellis.
2Shanklin, 2nd Feb.
4My Havelock, I send you Ray Lankester's letter to me and mine to him.
5Will you do me a great favour? Read over mine carefully and see if it
6is mis-spelt... I have written it in such a dream that I am sure it is
7spelt backwards. I should have liked to copy it and keep both letters,
8they would be amusing in after years - but now I can’t do anything. ...
9 I am not at all well.