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Letter ReferenceLetters/79
Epistolary Type
Letter Date26 April 1885
Address FromHastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 71
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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, 26th April.
4All day and all last night I have been quivering and vibrating. I
5wonder if you ever have that feeling, as if you were all just nerves
6at their highest state of tension and that another turn and they would
7break. You feel you must bite your hand or knock your head till it
8breaks. I haven’t felt like this for a long, long time. It's a
9physical feeling, not mental at all, though it seems to affect the
10mind most. If I could have gone for a long fifteen mile walk I should
11have worked it off to-day and been able to work to-morrow. You seem to
12vibrate even in your fingers and feet.