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Letter ReferenceLetters/561
Epistolary Type
Letter Date31 March 1915
Address FromLondon
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 348-9
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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.
2London, 31st Mar.
4I went to Dr. - , whom I was strongly advised to go to; he's a cad,
5not a gentleman. I'll tell you what I think of him when we meet.
6Nothing matters so much as that a man should be a gentlemen. Of course
7you know the sense in which I mean it - now you are a perfect
8gentleman, with all your shy awkward manners; so is Bob Muirhead; so
9was my friend Major Marriott, that's why I put you three, in a way,
10above almost all men I've known well as friends. Oliver, my nephew, is
11such a gentleman too.
13Have you heard that six of the generals have been recalled to England
14in disgrace? In the big fight when so many were killed they muddled
15everything, so that they shot down their own men in masses. They are
16trying hard to keep it out of the papers, but everyone is talking
17about it, and perhaps very much exaggerating things. I wish I could
18see you, but I can't manage to corny to you till I'm better because at
19the last moment I'm always too bad. Could you come and see me?