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|Archive||Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
|Letter Date||29 November 1890
|Address From||Matjesfontein, Western Cape
|Who To||Havelock Ellis
|Other Versions||Draznin 1992: 471-2
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, 29 November 1890, 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. Schreiner was resident in Matjesfontein from mid April 1890 to mid March 1891, with occasional short visits elsewhere.
1: November 289 / 90
3: My Havelock. I am sitting waiting for the mail late at night – there
4: is the whistle. I am going over to fetch the letters. – The mail has
5: come such a beautiful letter from you, dear.
7: Today the man I mentioned to you passed here. I had dinner with him
8: sitting next to him. He was very nice; when he went away he said, he
9: just as he was going away looking back very nervously, “It’s the
10: first time we’ve met, I hope it will not be the last time.” He
11: would carry out better than anyone I know, your idea of a man of
12: genius as a sort of child. That huge hard headed man of the world as
13: you would expect to find him is so curiously like a little child that
14: one feels so tender to him. He’s exactly like Waldo. With such
15: masses of close curly hair, even, & the same curious touching far off
16: look, combined with a huge almost gross body.
18: I am going down to Cape Town tomorrow today week, & from g there I go
19: up to Bloemfontein & then in about 3 weeks I settle down here again.
Waldo is a character in The Story of An African Farm
. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.