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Letter ReferenceLetters/194
Epistolary Type
Letter Date1 September 1886
Address FromHarrow, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 104
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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. Cronwright-Schreiner comments that Olive Schreiner was at the British Museum when writing ‘I have come here...’ onwards.
1To Havlock Ellis.
2Harrow, 1st Sept.
4It's so hot and it's horrid to be so shabby. The people in the streets
5laugh at me because I am so shabby; and I'm going to have a new hat
6one day and a dress and all! ... I have come here and find I'm too
7stupid to get the books I want. I don't see how you are to find them.
8I wish you were here. ... Do tell me if you know anything on the
9anthropoid apes I can get.