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Letter ReferenceLetters/197
Epistolary Type
Letter Date22 September 1886
Address FromHarrow, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 104
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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, 22nd Sept.
4Not able to go into town to-day. It's just the old regular breakdown.
5Children ought to be brought up to understand that when they become
6helpless and a burden to others they ought to painlessly put an end to
7themselves; then no one would be pained. My face is all drawn on a
8side this morning with neuralgia and I have asthma. I don't think I'll
9ever finish even Jan van der Linde's Wife. Tell me a little about
10yourself, please.
In the event, “Jan van der Linde’s Wife” was never finished.