|List of Collections|
|Alfred Gillet Trust Archive|
|Bodleian Libraries Special Collections|
|British Library, London|
|Cory Library, Rhodes University|
|Cullen Library, Historical Papers, University of Witwatersrand|
|Free State Archives Depot|
|Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin|
|Johannesburg Public Library|
|Library of Parliament Cape Town Hunt|
|Library of Sommerville College, Oxford|
|Liverpool Bruce Glasier|
|Lytton Family Papers|
|National Archives Depot, Pretoria|
|National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown|
|National Library of South Africa SCCS Extracts|
|National Library of South Africa, Cape Town|
|Sheffield City Libraries, Archives & Local Studies|
|University College London|
|University of Cape Town, Historical Manuscripts|
|War Museum of the Boer Republics Bloemfontein Autograph Collection|
|West Sussex Cobden Unwin|
|Western Cape Archives|
|Women’s Library Autograph Collection|
|Letter Reference||Edward Carpenter 359/39
|Archive||Sheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
|Letter Date||21 March 1889
|Address From||Mentone, France
|Who To||Edward Carpenter
|Other Versions||Rive 1987: 152
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, 21 March 1889, 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. Schreiner stayed in Mentone from December 1888 to later March 1889 and left there for Paris.
My beautiful old Ed’ard
I have been clinging to you these last days as a little child clings
4: to its mother. Some far off day to come it will be seen what a light
5: you were, how far before your time.
I have been passing through much darkness, & when I have looked round
8: the world for a ray of light, I have found you. Go on your path,
9: Edward, my beautiful brother.
I am obliged to go to Paris on private business but don’t mention
12: the fact to anyone.
I will write & give you my address when there.
Edward, pray for me. Talking isn’t of any use, but if you should let
17: your thought go out to me, I think I should feel it.
Your little thing in W.P.P. is beautiful. I liked about the old
Edward, I want to love always the poorest, lowliest natures. You are
23: right, they are nearer God.
There is something wrong, something all wrong in this life of ours. I
28: have so much to learn.
The 'little things' refers to a part of Carpenter's Towards Democracy
. See: Edward Carpenter (1885) Towards Democracy
Manchester: John Heywood; and the 'little thing' is: Edward Carpenter "The Mother to Her Daughter" Women's Penny Paper
vol 1 no 21, 16 March 1889, pp.6-7. Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter.