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Letter ReferenceLetters/51
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date23 February 1885
Address FromHastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 59-60
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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.
2Hastings, 23rd Feb.
3
4I am always giving you trouble. Now you have to go running about my
5bag again! I'm glad it's found. I thought I saw you carry it down. ...
6I have worked twelve hours already to-day, and am going to work some
7more before I go to bed. I feel so well in spite of a little cold,
8have enjoyed my work so. Life would be too beautiful if one were
9always well. If I could keep on feeling like this my book would be
10done in four weeks.
11
Notation
The ‘my book’ referred to is likely to be From Man to Man.