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Letter ReferenceLetters/230
Epistolary Type
Letter Date4 May 1887
Address FromBellinzona, Switzerland
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 117
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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.
1To Havelock Ellis.
2Beellinzona, 4th May.
4On Swiss soil once more. I'm so glad. I slept last night at Arona. I
5meant to go on to-night only as far as Locarno on the Lake Maggiore. I
6started this morning In pouring rain and mist in the boat, and found
7when we had started that at this time of year the boat doesn't go to
8Locarno. ... I am thinking of you all the time. Someday, you and I and
9Louie will go to Italy together, and we'll be so happy and see the
10pictures. I never wish to see Italy alone again. In Switzerland one
11wants to be alone with the mountains but in Italy one feels so lonely.
12I'm so tired, I can't write any more. I haven't written to anyone but you.