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Letter ReferenceLetters/330
Epistolary Type
Letter Date23 December 1888
Address FromMentone, France
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 150
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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.
2Mentone, 23rd Dec.
4The enclosed is from the Swede. I value the love of people who don't
5know who I am and love me just in an instinctive way because they
6can't help it. ... You will see shortly in the Pall Mall Gazette how I
7do the "damned fine horse"! But you are not to "let on" to anyone that
8it's me.
Schreiner doing 'the damned fine horse' (that is, listing a horse's faults, but then saying it was still damned fine) was her anonymously published review of Pearson's The Ethic of Free Thought. See: "Professor Pearson on the woman's question" Pall Mall Gazette 29 January 1889, p.8; and Karl Pearson (1888) The Ethic of Free Thought and Other Essays London: T. Fisher Unwin.