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Letter ReferenceLetters/405
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date18 July 1890
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 191
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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.
2Matjesfontein, 18th July.
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4I will come and stay with you and Louie, if you will have me, and you
5are not married, when I come to London. I shall be much happier than I
6used to be now. I've given up thinking that any of the ideals we have
7can be realised here and now; and when once that happens everything is
8right. No man's heart was ever broken who hadn't formed an ideal of
9something. It is well to feel satisfied with everything past, and
10everything to come! I do. I wish only I could feel a little ambition,
11a little anything to make me wish that the world should read my ideas.
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