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Letter ReferenceLetters/255
Epistolary Type
Letter Date21 November 1887
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 123
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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.
2Alassio, 21st Nov.
4I have been sitting up to finish writing out a dream I am sending to
5Canon MacColl and Mr. Gladstone's daughter to look at. I'll tell them
6to send it on to you, if you care. It has been dark and raining for
7many days now, but I keep very well. I think it has been very good for
8you, my darling, that I have been quite removed from you. I see no one,
9 live quite alone, except at meal times. It is a comfort to have meals
10regularly, and to get plenty of food. I think that's why I'm so well.
11I'm longing for my darling sun to come out to-morrow.
The allegory to be sent to Canon MacColl and Mary Drew cannot be established.