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Letter ReferenceLetters/237
Epistolary Type
Letter Date20 June 1887
Address FromGore Road, Hackney, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 120
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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.
2Gore Road, London, 20th June.
4Do you know, I'm going to finish my book. I'm getting jolly hard, like
5I used to be at the Cape. I can work now. I don't want to see anyone
6this week; so sorry Roden Noel is coming this afternoon. ... I went to
7the London Institution yesterday. A clerk came up and said he believed
8I subscribed there before and that they regretted so much after I left
9that they hadn't known I was the author of An African Farm. They
10wouldn't have destroyed any of my notes if they had. He seemed
11speechless with emotion and I couldn't laugh.
The book Schreiner is going to finish is likely to be From Man to Man.