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Letter ReferenceLetters/211
Epistolary Type
Letter Date15 February 1887
Address FromVevey, Switzerland
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 109-10
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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 in Vevey when writing the letter.
1To Havelock Ellis.
215th Feb.
4I came here this morning in the boat from Clarens. It's more than an
5hour and the boat back hasn't come. I’m sitting in the sun by the lake
6on a bench. The sea (the lake is really a sea) is so beautiful, and
7dark blue. I feel so tired. I don’t know why I’m so weak.