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Letter ReferenceLetters/546
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date13 October 1914
Address FromLondon
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 340
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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.
2London, 13th Oct.
3
4I am going to-morrow to Durrants Hotel, Manchester Square. I hope I
5shall get better there as it's very dry. Do come and see me soon. I
6long to see you. How scared people are about the Zeppelins? If you
7have lived through a war and had your house burnt and all you prized
8taken from you, you learn to take these things as all in the day's
9work. War is Hell. Though people like the English who have always made
10it in other peoples' countries have never realised. It's when it comes
11to your own land that its full horror bursts on you. Did I tell you
12Oliver has joined his regiment and may be sent to the front any hour?
13And the diplomatists who for ten years have been bringing things into
14this state will live on. Our beautiful innocent ones, of all nations,
15must die. Goodbye, dear.
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