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Letter ReferenceLetters/187
Epistolary Type
Letter Date29 June 1886
Address FromHarrow, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 102
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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.
1To Havelock Ellis.
2Harrow, 29th June.
4I feel almost mad to-day, I've had such a succession of painful
5reproaching letters. I'm perfectly willing to allow I'm everything
6that's wicked and false and mean, but people who reproach you
7shouldn't end their letters by saying: "And when will your book be
8ready?" I've been writing a long letter to Maggie, but what's the use?
9As soon as I've sent it someone else'll write just the same kind of
10letter to be answered.