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Letter ReferenceLetters/129
Epistolary Type
Letter Date27 October 1885
Address From16 Portsea Place, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 84
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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. ‘My book’ refers to The Story of An African Farm.
1To Havelock Ellis.
216, Portsea Place, 27th Oct.
4I don't like Michael Field's letter, not at all. She's false and
5artificial. Clever, nothing more, very clever. ... Give my kind
6regards to Edward Carpenter when you write, and tell him I will be
7very glad if he will come to see me when he comes to London, if he has
8time. I am stupid, but I will, I will, I will try to work to-morrow.
9(Later.) Chest very bad. Couldn't see anyone this afternoon. Haggard,
10Marston, etc., came. Just had a letter from Arnold White who has come
11from the Cape, says he has read my book and wants to come and see me.