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|Letter Reference||Edward Carpenter 359/29
|Archive||Sheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
|Letter Date||15 December 1888
|Address From||Hotel du Pavillon, Mentone, France
|Who To||Edward Carpenter
|Other Versions||Rive 1987: 143-4
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 Edward Carpenter, 15 December 1888, Sheffield Libraries, Archives & Information, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
The Project is grateful to the Sheffield Archives, Sheffield Libraries, Archives and Information Services, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Archive Collections. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
Hotel du Pavillon
Dear Edward Carpenter,
Will you please send me back Mrs Bland’s letter. You will forgive me
7: I know for having spoken to her of you; but indeed it was not my fault.
8: A dear old Swede has just been to say goodbye to me. Such a beautiful
9: childlike nature, a huge strong man with the pure heart of a little
10: child. He wanted me to marry him. Edward, life is very funny isn’t
11: it? We are all so thirsty, & there is plenty of water, & the water all
12: goes wrong! I am glad your civilization article will soon be out.
I’m glad Adams gets on with his painting.
All good be with you all. Isn’t this place beautiful.
I shall be quite alone now in this big house with only a Russian who
19: can’t speak a word of English. Do you know I should like to go to
20: Sweden. I love those simple child natures so, the Swedish people, have
21: a somewhat of the child & nature in them that others have lost.
All strength & joy be with you, dear old poet.
A happy Xmas to you all.
Carpenter's 'civilization article' is: Edward Carpenter (n.d.) Cruelties of Civilization
London: Reeves. It later appeared as Edward Carpenter (1889) 'Civilisation: Its Cause and Cure' Pioneer
January 1889. Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter.