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Letter ReferenceLetters/310
Epistolary Type
Letter Date18 October 1888
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 143
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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 Havelock Ellis.
2Alassio, 18th Oct.
4Dear Havelock boy, I am very loving to you. Please write and tell me
5about work and books and so on, when you have time, and the names of
6really good books when you come across them. ... I have been very ill
7since I left London, but this evening the cough is better and the
8tiredness. You would like this hotel, it is uncivilised and wild. ...
9Harry, isn't it funny to grow old, and have all your life passed,
10nothing in the future?