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Letter ReferenceLetters/575
Epistolary Type
Letter Date26 March 1918
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 357
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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.
29, Porchester Place, 26th Mar.
4Dear old Havelock, I am sending to you a letter from my friend Dr.
5Green, a most beautiful and charming woman doctor. I'm sure you'd like
6her. Won't you come and see me here and we could go to the Zoo
7together? Or we could go to the National Gallery and we could look at
8some of the old pictures that are left. I hope you are getting enough
9to eat. The remembrance of your thin neck quite haunts me. We are all
10growing weak and ill with the want of proper nourishing food and this
11terrible war bread, on which I have to live almost entirely. If one
12could get cheese one could do without meat and butter and all the
13other things one has to go without. I hope the world is brightening up
14about you. Good-bye. "All of the best to you," as the old Boers say.