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Letter ReferenceLetters/379
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date10 December 1889
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 173
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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.
2Cape Town, 10th Dec.
3
4I and my sister-in-law have been for a walk up in the fir woods this
5evening. It's a beautiful walk, as beautiful as any in the world. I
6would like to take you. Don't forget me quite. You might take a place
7as ship's doctor someday and come out here for a holiday. You know, it
8seems to me years and years since I left England. ... My cousin Lilly,
9with whom I used to live at the time I was so ill and couldn't bear to
10eat before people, is the one with whom I stayed in Grahamstown. She
11likes me very much now and wants me to live with her.
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