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Epistolary Type
Letter Date1 April 1886
Address FromSouthbourne, Dorset
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 96
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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.
2Southbourne-On-Sea, 1st April.
3
4Sweet comrade, I walked on the beach this evening. I like walking
5against the wind. There were great white breakers and blue water, and
6one bright star. I took my Whitman with me though I didn't mean to
7read him. I have worked to-day so delightfully, am going to sit up and
8work more. I think it is the hope of getting away from landladies. I
9feel so grateful for being a little better. ... Would you like to see
10the first half of my book when it is done or wait till it's finished?
11You are not to say one word about it to me if I show it you. I don't
12want to know what anyone says of it. Either now or ever.
13
Notation
The 'first half of my book' referred to is likely to be From Man to Man.