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|Archive||Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
|Letter Date||Monday 11 May 1885
|Address From||30 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London
|Who To||Havelock Ellis
|Other Versions||Cronwright-Schreiner 1924: 72-3; Draznin 1992: 353-4
The manuscript of this letter by Olive Schreiner belongs to the Archive referenced above; its ownership of the original should be acknowledged by referencing the letter as indicated: Copyright transcription: © Olive Schreiner Letters Project. This transcription can be freely used as long as copyright is acknowledged and it is referenced using the following citation: ‘Olive Schreiner to Havelock Ellis, 11 May 1885, Harry Ransom Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
The Project is grateful to the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. This letter has been dated by reference to information written onto it by Ellis. Schreiner stayed for just over a week at Downshire Hill in early May 1885.
3: Forty one was the number. I am going there tomorrow afternoon if I can
4: & to see Mrs Hinton. I feel so well now I’ve been in the London air.
5: I enjoyed today. It will be nearer you there some how.
7: I am going to try & work. Enclose letter from Mrs. Hinton
9: Ach you aren’t like that thing at the National. You are so beautiful
10: to me.
13: Give my love to our old Louie. I hope your father’s better. You must
14: try to work; your Olive doesn’t help her loved one. From Broad St I
15: came in the train with a man exactly like my father
19: Evening Philip came this afternoon, He says he wants ^me^ to stay to the
20: 1st of June. He is going to invite some people again to meet me.
21: Theodor Watts, Ro Swinburne, Moore &c, &c. I will tell him to ask you
22: if I go. I don’t like to go to any place without you now I didn’t
23: mind a bit when I was here before, now you are part of my life. While
24: Philip was here came a lady from dear Mrs. Hinton with such a pretty
25: daughter, A Mrs Bale. She says she is going to try & get rooms for me
26: up on the hill here. She & her daughter kissed me so lovingly when
27: they went a way. They had read S.A.F.
29: Goodnight, my sweet.
32: I feel better tonight I won’t take more bromide.
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription. Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) extract is incorrect in various ways.