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Letter ReferenceLetters/578
Epistolary Type
Letter Date1919
Address FromLondon
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 362-3
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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 year of this letter is implied by its place in the sequence of Cronwright-Schreiner letters.
1To Havelock Ellis.
4I've been so ill, writing has been quite impossible. I've hardly been
5out. I hope you are having a pretty good time, dear. Life is so
6beautiful if one can live it even a little, little bit. ... I'm so
7glad the labour men wouldn't load that ship with the guns for the
8Poles to kill the Russians with. I think this last affair with Poland
9is the wickedest thing is the war - and we and France will have to pay
10for it. It's worse than wicked - it's mad.