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Letter ReferenceLetters/342
Epistolary Type
Letter Date19 February 1889
Address FromMentone, France
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 156
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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, 19th Feb.
4I have just come up from dinner. I am sitting at my little table
5before the fire. The time of day I like best is just after dinner here.
6 One feels a little tired and can't absorb oneself in one's work. If I
7thought smoking was good it would be a great comfort, but I can't get
8a good cigar here. ... Harry, if I don't come back to England till
9August, and spend summer somewhere up the Rhine, won't you be able to
10come and see me? I couldn't bear to go to Africa and not see you again
11except for a few moments in London. I have so many things to talk
12about with you.