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Letter ReferenceLetters/327
Epistolary Type
Letter Date14 December 1888
Address FromMentone, France
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 149
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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.
2Mentone, 14th Dec.
4Havelock, don't you know of anything I could take to strengthen my
5nerves? It's no good taking bromide; it simple weakens one yet further.
6 What is given for hysteria? (Awful sensitiveness in lower part of
7body.) Isn't valerian a good thing? ... If I tell you something you
8are not to talk of it to anyone. I'm coming to the Endell Street
9Hospital in May for three months. I must get some hard work which will
10not allow of my thinking or feeling.