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Letter ReferenceLetters/465
Epistolary Type
Letter Date1 February 1907
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToAdela Villiers Smith nee Villiers
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 263
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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 Mrs. Francis Smith.
2Hanover, 1st Feb.
4... My friend Havelock Ellis, between whom and myself exists an
5absolutely unbroken friendship of 26 years, has had it very badly and
6is weak and his heart bad. It made my heart dumb to think what I would
7feel if he died ever, there has been such an unbroken brother and
8sisterhood of mental comradeship between us since our youth. His wife
9is such a splendid, noble little woman, with such great intellectual
10gifts. It's so beautiful when the people you have loved marry and you
11can feel to the one they marry as you do to them.