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Letter ReferenceLetters/384
Epistolary Type
Letter Date7 January 1890
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 175
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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.
2Cape Town, 7th Jan.
4You seem much depressed in your letters, Havelock. Perhaps it was only
5the weather. I have much to be thankful for in having the sunshine. I
6am very tired. I have been out all day. I went down to the market this
7morning, and this afternoon by train to Newlands to a strawberry
8garden. Newlands is the next station to Rondebosch where Rebekah lived.
9 I always think when I go near Rondebosch I fancy I shall meet Rebekah
10coming down one of the avenues. Not Lyndall, not even Waldo, have been
11quite so absolutely real to me as she and Bertie. I cannot believe
12that they never lived. I say I believe it, but I don't. You see they
13have lived with me fifteen years.
Rebekah and Bertie are characters in From Man to Man and Lyndall and Waldo in The Story of An African Farm.