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Letter ReferenceLetters/272
Epistolary Type
Letter Date5 March 1888
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 132
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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, 5th March.
4That old terrible agony is on me to-night that comes whenever I let
5myself go. It seems as if all slipped from me at once, as if at other
6times I never knew how I was restraining myself. ... It's been hanging
7over me for days. I suppose I must be physically ill without knowing
8it. I feel quite well in body though. I have walked all the way from
9Albenga here to-day, over the mountains. I came by the Roman road. I
10wanted to make myself tired.