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|Letter Reference||Edward Carpenter 359/8
|Archive||Sheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
|Letter Date||Wednesday 8 June 1887
|Address From||50 Gore Road, Hackney, London
|Who To||Edward Carpenter
|Other Versions||Rive 1987: 128-9
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, 8 June 1887, 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 arrived in Gore Road on 8 June 1887 where she was resident until late August, then after short visits elsewhere she returned there for September that year.
^Doesn’t require an answer.^
I will send the money to Mill thorp tomorrow.
You don’t know what a help you have been to me. Just now I am not
9: good for you. You are suffering much more than you know. I doubt
10: whether you are realy better except physically than when you went away.
11: You must not write even to me about the subject on which you talked
12: to me unless it is restful to you: but my mind will always be
13: wandering after you. Perhaps such a bitter time of suffering lies
14: before you: perhaps, great gladness, the realization almost of an
15: ideal. But whoever suffers it will be your nature that suffers either
16: through sympathy unreadable or through itself.
You don’t know how much you have helped me today & yesterday.
I have found some rooms near the Victoria Park, & am going to furnish
21: them tomorrow. Address
50 Gore Road
Victoria Park E.
I would have come to meet you tomorrow at the publishers but you need
26: quiet & rest if that be possible now. Your face looked like a little
27: tired child’s when you were asleep in the train.
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.