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Letter ReferenceLetters/213
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date26 February 1887
Address FromClarens, Montreux, Switzerland
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 110
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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.
2Clarens, 26th Feb.
3
4Going to send for doctor to examine chest. Worst symptom is that I
5have become so angelical, sweet, and loving since I came here. Feeling
6so happy too. If the doctor asks what’s the matter I shall tell him
7that. Besides that, I expectorate much. But the symptom is the worst.
8It’s terrible to be so good. I love everybody. I forgive - . I shall
9certainly go to Heaven if I die now.
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