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Letter ReferenceLetters/59
Epistolary Type
Letter Date7 March 1885
Address FromHastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 62
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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.
2Hastings, 7th March.
4I had pretty bad asthma last night. ... I'm glad I'm a member of the
5New Life, but perhaps I shall never attend any of the meetings. I
6doubt whether I shall come to London again before I leave for
7Switzerland. ... I wish I had arranged to go to Brighton to-day. I
8feel so inclined to go somewhere. I have just finished a chapter. When
9I am in the middle of a chapter I don't care for going out, my mind is
10dwelling on it so. I shall have to sit hard and fast at my book if I
11am to have it ready by the time I leave. I feel that I must not expect
12much for it. It is too strong for that. If I only get enough to keep
13me independent for one year I shall be satisfied. The things I mean to
14write next are things that will pay better.
The chapter just finished refers to From Man to Man.