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Letter ReferenceLetters/308
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date7 October 1888
Address From25 Montagu Street, Camden, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 142
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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.
225, Montagu St., W.C., 7th Oct.
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4You know I love you, but my power of expressing any feeling but pity
5is gone. There isn’t one human being to whom I feel that tender
6outflowing of love I used to feel to all the world. If you can come on
7Wednesday afternoon we can have a nice cosy talk before the fire, and
8tea, and, if you like, I’ll ask Alice Corthorn, and, if you like,
9Louie can come too, it would be nice to have a long talk together.
10It’s just possible I may start Wednesday morning.
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