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|Letter Reference||Edward Carpenter 359/54
|Archive||Sheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
|Letter Date||Sunday 11 April 1892
|Address From||Cape Town, Western Cape
|Who To||Edward Carpenter
|Other Versions||Rive 1987: 202-3
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, 11 April 1892, 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 and month have been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
It is lateish & I am sitting upstairs in my little room in a boarding
8: house & soon going to bed, I’m just writing to tell you that I’ve
9: got Towards Democracy. Just the same morning a few hours before, I
10: bought a copy of the new edition for my friends, Captain & his wife. I
11: don’t know if I ever told you about them, he is consumptive &
12: staying out here for his health, & his wife is going to have a little
13: baby next month. He’s so like you, & all his ideas are so like yours
14: that we’ve given him the name of Edward Carpenter, & his wife & I
15: are beginning to think it is his real name. When I went to their
16: little rooms tonight I found them reading TD. This I think put it in
17: my head to write to you. Come out here, old Ed’ard. I want you to
18: see Table Mountain. Tell our Boy, I wish I could show it him too.
19: There’s no news to give you of myself. All things continue as they
20: were in the beginning. I think this edition splendid of TD. To One Dead,
21: seems to me new, any-how, it never struck me in the same way before.
22: Good night dear old Brother.
Love to dear old George. There is plenty of room for you all in dear
27: old Africa. Come, but come about Nov October so that you may have all
28: our beautiful summer. Even here, the winter comes.
The book referred to is: Edward Carpenter (1892) Towards Democracy
London: T. Fisher Unwin. Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.