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Letter ReferenceLetters/585
Epistolary Type
Letter DateJanuary 1920
Address FromLondon
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 367-8
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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, Jan.
4I'm afraid I was very stupid and uninteresting when we met. I'm sorry;
5I ought not to have come out. I do hope you will have a very good time
6in Greece and come back renewed in youth. Oh, to get out of England!
7How rich people who could go stay here in the damp and haze I can't
10I'm still trying to get a really good book on Roumania, but can't find
11one. I think I've read all there are. I believe there will yet be a
12revolution there before long.
14My darling friend Miss Greene was buried to-day in Cornwall. I wanted
15to go to the funeral but have not been able. Some day in the spring,
16when I can breathe better, I will go and see her beautiful resting
17place. She was one of the most perfect souls I ever knew. To the last
18moment she kept all her interest in the affairs of the world and her
19fellow men.
21I have lost all feeling of sorrow about - . I love to see him now. One
22has no right to form ideals of people, and then, because they don't
23justify them, become bitter. Life is so short there is no time for
24anything but love.