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Epistolary Type
Letter Date16 November 1914
Address FromLondon
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 343
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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, 16th Nov.
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4Dear, I found your letter here last night when I came home from
5Knebworth. It's beautiful your father kept so cheerful and bright to
6the last, and he'd had, I should think, a happy life. His own nature
7was bright. But there's a curious feeling when the last of one's
8parents goes. As the reaper comes, you know that now you stand first
9in the next row
. I'll come on Friday if you don't write to say no.
10I've just seen a woman who comes from the Cape. We hear nothing of the
11awful things that go on there except by chance. I can't write about it.
12 Goodbye, dear. You seem having a dark time, dear, and I can't do
13anything to brighten you.
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