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Letter ReferenceLetters/241
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date14 September 1887
Address FromLondon Institution, Finsbury Circus, City, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 121
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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.
2London, 14th Sept.
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4I've come here to get books. Can't find anything I want, but this is
5such a delightful room to sit and read in or write letters. … I long
6so to hear good music. It would be so nice to go together. Somehow
7since I came back there has been such peace in my heart, as if I was
8dead. ... I must go home and write to - . You know we must love
9everyone in this world. It is only ignorance and darkness keeps us
10from it.
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