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Letter Date3 August 1885
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 77
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Legend
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.
2? 3rd Aug.
3
4I have been sitting out on the rocks alone till ten o‘clock. They are
5rough rocks that stick out into the sea. I like to sit just perfectly
6still and think of nothing and look at the water, black, dark water it
7is. ... My asthma makes me so stupid, but I'll soon be quite right
8when I find other rooms. Please try to feel restful when you think of me.
9