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|Letter Reference||Edward Carpenter 359/40
|Archive||Sheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
|Letter Date||28 July 1889
|Address From||Ladies Chambers, Chenies Street, Camden, London
|Who To||Edward Carpenter
|Other Versions||Rive 1987: 155-6
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, 28 July 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 was resident in Chenies Street between June and August 1889.
Please send this to Bob Muirhead. I didn’t see him to say good bye &
4: so didn’t thank him. I thought I should see him again.
It is a lovely day here, one almost sees the sky over the houses.
I wonder how it goes with you at Mill-thorp. I never like to ask you
9: because I’m always afraid of touching you roughly when I mean to be
10: quite ^so very^ gentle. I have got my full marching orders for Africa
11: now. I wonder if you will get yours.
I wish we could have spent a day up the river together, you & he & I:
14: it would have been so perfect to have you both: One never hardly loves
15: two human beings who love each other.
Good bye. I hope it goes well. I’ll send you a nice savage book soon.
Life is full of compensations. When the desire of the soul is taken
22: from us she gives us calm.
You don’t know how beautiful it was with Bob here. Perhaps Bob
25: himself less than anyone could understand. I don’t myself. He seems
26: to me to be a bond between me & other human beings.
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter.