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Letter ReferenceLetters/547
Epistolary Type
Letter Date16 October 1914
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 340-1
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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.
2Kensington Palace Mansions, 16th Oct.
4Yesterday at Durrants Hotel a boy brought a note. It ran: "Madam, When
5Mrs. Smith took the room for you she did not mention that your name
6was Schreiner. As we find that is either an Austrian or a German name
7you will please leave our Hotel at once." Of course I took a taxi and
8my things and left at once. I have fortunately found this place. It's
9much more expensive. I can't stay but I must rest here as I'm worn out.
10 The great use of not being very poor is that it helps one to health.