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Letter ReferenceLetters/389
Epistolary Type
Letter Date13 February 1890
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 177
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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, 13th Feb.
4Everyone here is very kind to. me. Sometimes when I go to pay a
5chemist he says he can't take anything from the author of The African Farm.
6 It touches me so. I like people much more to like my work than me.
7Sometimes when I lie awake in the night and feel lonely and in pain, I
8think of all the people all ever the world who have loved my work and
9seem to feel them. It's so beautiful here, Harry. I feel like I used
10to when I was a little girl. ... Please remember that I'm going to
11land at Lisbon when I come back, so if you meet me there we can travel
12about a bit together in Spain.