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Epistolary Type
Letter Date20 May 1888
Address FromMaidenhead, Kent
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 135
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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.
2Maidenhead, 20th May.
3
4I have made up my mind to go out to the Cape the week after next, and
5not to return to England. It's best for my work, for me, for everyone,
6for you. We must have one long quiet day together before I go, and we
7must go to a concert together. ... Goodbye, my brother. You must get
8stronger. You must have a beautiful strong life yet. I haven't quite
9spoiled it, have I?
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