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|Letter Reference||Autograph Letters Collection: Alys Pearsall Smith ALC/7/3/1
|Archive||National Women's Library, London
After Start: Monday May 1888
; Before End: June 1888
|Address From||Roseneath, Harpenden, Hertfordshire
|Who To||Alys Pearsall Smith m. Russell (1894)
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 Alys Pearsall Smith m. Russell (1894), May 1888, National Women's Library, London, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
The Project is grateful to the National Women's Library, London, for allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Autograph Collections. The date has been written on the letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in Harpenden from early July to September 1888. The letter was written immediately before another letter to Pearsall Smith dated 2 July 1888, the content of which follows this, and thus its dating.
My dear Miss Smith
I'm so glad to hear you've come to live in England. I want very much
9: to see you, but I very seldom go out. Since my illness the year before
10: last I knock up so soon. Couldn't you come to Harpenden to see me?? It
11: would be so nice for me. It's only 45 minutes from St. Pancras,
12: there's a good quick train at 2.15 p.m. & plenty back. I live in a
13: little tiny cottage, quite by myself, close to the station, not two
14: minutes walk.
Please remember me very cordially to your mother & father & thank them.
17: If I went anywhere I should like to come to you.
I am going back again to Italy in nine or ten weeks, & in the winter
20: to Egypt. Have you ever been there? The climate must be so lovely.
How is Mrs. Costelloe's lovely baby? It it must be delightful to be
23: next door to it, & able to see it every day.
Have you one of those likenesses of yourself in your cap & gown of
26: which you said you might give me one?
Yours very faithfully
^You know I haven't a servant & live in a most savage way, you have to
32: come in at the kitchen door. It's so pleasant, I hardly want to go
33: back to Italy.^