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Letter ReferenceLetters/42
Epistolary Type
Letter Date28 January 1885
Address From4 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 57
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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. Cronwright-Schreiner comments that this letter contained ‘Then twelve more pages, all in the same strain; also asking if she should go to London for the day to consult a doctor.’
1To Havelock Ellis.
24, Robertson Terrace, 28th Jan.
4My chest is getting worse, but my head is wonderfully clearer. To-day
5I resolved I would get up, and I went in a bath-chair; now my legs are
6bad. Oh, it isn't my chest, it isn't my legs, it's I myself, my life.
7Where shall I go, what shall I do? ...