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Letter ReferenceLetters/347
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date15 April 1889
Address From25 Montagu Street, Camden, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 162
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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., London, 15th April.
3
4I came on Saturday evening, late. I like to think you are near. I am
5very tired, but I want to write a world to you, I long to see you.
6Come and see me when you come to town. ... I'm afraid I shan't be able
7to work in London, my chest feels bad as soon as I get here. I am
8going to try to work, and, if I can't, go to Germany. It's the climate.
9 I don't mean to let people trouble me so much. ... I like Plato. I'm
10reading him.
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