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Letter ReferenceLetters/44
Epistolary Type
Letter Date30 January 1885
Address From4 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 57-8
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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.
24, Robertson Terrace, 30th Jan.
4Alfred St. Johnston is going to publish my life after I am dead. He
5wants his children to know about his dear friend, he says. A fine life
6it will be! And besides, I am not going to die yet, eh? The funny
7thing is that he doesn’t know about my being ill or anything. What
8puts it into his head that I should die? And he's so earnest about it!
9I won't give him any details. I don't want my life written by anyone. .
10.. I wouldn't like you to come and see now, dear, for more than a few
11hours while I am so ill. It would only be wasting your time and love,
12my darling.