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Letter ReferenceLetters/203
Epistolary Type
Letter Date22 December 1886
Address FromVevey, Switzerland
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 107
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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.
2Vevey, Switzerland, 22nd Dec.
4Mrs. Clifford called this morning, was very kind. I am going to try
5rooms near her at Clarens, the Hotel Roth, cheaper than this. I am to
6have a little room next the roof; it overlooks the lake. The next
7house is the one Byron lived in. ... Harry, whenever my heart is
8sinking into agony and loneliness I think: Harry is thinking of me.
9I'm more tired than I ever was in my life before