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Letter ReferenceLetters/26
Epistolary Type
Letter Date2 July 1884
Address FromAspley Guise, Woburn, Bedfordshire
Address To
Who ToLouie Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 24-5
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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 Miss Louie Ellis.
2Aspley Guise, 2nd July
4Dear Louie,
6Thank you for your letter. I'm glad you all liked “New Rush." I
7enclose you a likeness to look at of the woman who was the original of
8the Doctor's Lily. She is a connection of mine by marriage and
9prettier than you would think from the 'photo because her hair is so
12I know you are hale and true. It's not because Henry talks of you and
13loves you, because he might love someone who was worth nothing, but
14it's the way he talks of you.
16I still am ill, but I will be better soon I think. I am going to
17Derbyshire. If I can't get well there I will go to Switzerland. I must
18get my book copied out and ready by November.
20I know I should love you much more if I knew you more. I would like to
21write more now if I could.
23I'm so glad Henry's got you to love him and take care of him.