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Letter ReferenceLetters/542
Epistolary Type
Letter Date21 August 1914
Address FromKensington, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 338
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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. The ‘something’ Schreiner was trying to write was either an allegory or her never completed ‘The Dawn of Civilization’.
1To Havelock Ellis.
2Kensington, 21st Aug.
4I'm still here as I've not been able to find a quiet place. I am
5troubled with the worst insomnia I have had for twenty years. To me
6this is the most sordid war in which England has ever engaged. She is
7backing Russia, not because she loves Russia but because millions of
8her money are invested there, and millions more in France, whose money
9system will break if the Russian autocracy falls. She fights Germany,
10not to set the Germans free from military rule, but because she is her
11trade rival whom she must crush. I am trying to write something on the
12war, but I doubt whether it will be taken.