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|Archive||Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
|Letter Date||Wednesday 27 August 1884
|Address From||Bolehill, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
|Address To||24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
|Who To||Havelock Ellis
|Other Versions||Draznin 1992: 127-8
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, 27 August 1884, 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 an associated envelope and its postmark, which also provides the address it was sent to.
1: Boll Hill
2: Wednesday Night.
4: It seems so long since this morning days & days.
6: Now Mr & Mrs Walker have gone to bed in your room & am sitting here at
7: my little table. ?I ?wonder unreadable You have had a wet cold day for
8: your journey. I’m afraid you were very tired when you got home. It has
9: rained here all day.
11: Mrs. Walker asked me this afternoon if I was engaged to you. I said,
12: no. I haven’t been able to write this afternoon so I have done ever so
13: much needle work Tomorrow I am going to get up early & work. I feel so
14: happy in mind, only this afternoon when I looked out at the window I
15: saw a man on the road from Wirksworth with a black bag in his band & a
16: black hat, & tall, & it made it seem somehow as if you ought to be
17: coming. I didn’t like it. I feel much less in spirit to work than when
18: you were with me, but that will pass tomorrow.
20: Harry, you must do a good deal of work, & don’t let your reading &
21: thinking run too much in one line.
23: I felt I shouldn’t sleep so I asked Mrs. Walker to give me a whole
24: glass of beer to drink before I get into bed.
26: Good bye, my own friend,
29: Could you find out & tell me what the charge for copying MS. is I know
30: there are many people at the British Museum who do it.
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.