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Letter ReferenceLetters/248
Epistolary Type
Letter Date30 October 1887
Address FromBoboli Gardens, Florence, Italy
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 122
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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.
2Boboli Gardens, Florence, 30th Oct.
4I am sitting here at the foot of a statue. It is as it were the top of
5a hill, just outside Florence. The garden is behind the Pitti Palace,
6such a garden! Such a day! As I look down below me is the Pitti and
7beyond Florence, and beyond the beautiful hills with an afternoon
8light, like the Cape on them. … I am leaving for Alassio on Tuesday.
9I hope to work there, don't want anyone to come and see me while I'm
10there, but in April or March I want to go to Venice. I am working and
11so happy. But to-day my landlady is in a rage with me because I spilt
12the ink, so I am very sad. … Vernon Lee is a fine woman. Nothing small
13or mean about her, but the devil in if she likes. She's been kind to me.