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Letter ReferenceLetters/45
Epistolary Type
Letter Date31 January 1885
Address From4 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 58
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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, 31st Jan.
4Please look out for rooms for me for to-day week. My chest is getting
5much better, so if I can get strong I shall be all right. Please, if
6you can, get a bed with curtains. It makes such a difference in asthma.
7 I don't know why. ... Will that paper do to join the “New Life”? … I
8am dead; I need rousing. Oh, to wake up and be my old self for only
9one day! I am getting better, except my legs. But it’s no use driving
10myself mad. I can’t work when I can’t … You are so good to me.