"Trying to help Will Schreiner politically; I want 'She wrote Peter Halket' on my grave; it's what it cost me" Read the full letter
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Letter ReferenceLetters/387
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date30 January 1890
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 176
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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, 30th Jan.
3
4I am working delightfully. Yesterday I climbed to the top of Signal
5Hill. It was glorious lying there among the bushes, with the sun above
6and the blue Atlantic on one side and Table Mountain on the other. I
7am going to climb Table Mountain itself soon. Cape Town is the
8loveliest place on the whole earth. My heart is set on going up into
9the interior and I think I shall manage it some day, but it wants
10money.
11