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Letter ReferenceLetters/101
Epistolary Type
Letter Date4 August 1885
Address From16 Portsea Place, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 77
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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.
116, Portsea Place, 4th Aug. (2nd letter).
3Havelock, all day to-day I looked for rooms till three o'c1ock. Then I
4arranged to come here. All the afternoon I have been trying to get
5someone to bring my luggage. Now it is late and dark and I haven't got
6it yet. My face and eyes are so swollen I can't see anything. I don't
7know where to go or what to do. Even here I cannot breathe. It all
8looks so dark. I am lying on my back.