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Letter ReferenceLetters/47
Epistolary Type
Letter Date2 February 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, 2nd Feb
4Is that George Sand? It's funny that when I looked it as I took it out
5of the envelope I thought "That would be a nice mother to have; but a
6wife or mistress!" Woe to the thing that tries to chain that lion!
7It's wonderfully like my mother, more like her than any likeness. … I
8am better. Just think, I am sitting at the table and going to write!
9If it's only six lines it will comfort me. … If you could get decent
10rooms in Bloomsbury I should be glad.