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Letter ReferenceLetters/531
Epistolary Type
Letter Date28 April 1914
Address From30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 333
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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.
2St. Mary Abbott's Terrace, Kensington, 28th April.
4Friday would suit me well, dear. I'll meet you at Charing Cross. ... I
5do hope you'll get a wire from Edith and good news; I'm anxious about
6you both. The last Beethoven Concert was a dead failure. That
7conductor is wretched. He couldn't grasp the Ninth Symphony at all.
8I'm not so fit as I was when in London before, but keeping about all
9right. I feel as if something had gone out of me since Florence that
10can't come back.