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|Letter Date||6 November 1887
|Address From||Alassio, Italy
|Who To||Henry (Harry) Buxton Forman
|Other Versions||Rive 1987: 130
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 Henry (Harry) Buxton Forman, 6 November 1887, , Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
1: My dear Mr Forman
3: Many thanks for the letter you sent me. I was very sorry to find your
4: friends not at home when I arrived in Florence, and they only returned
5: the day I left. I am back again in my favourite retreat, a little
6: village with one street that runs along the shore of the sea, and with
7: the olive woods all around, and where one need not be respectable, i.e.
8: can go about with a shawl over one's head instead of a hat!! I spent
9: some months here last year and shall stay here now for six or seven.
10: It's difficult to believe one's in the same world that holds the East
11: End of London. The earthquake of last year was worse here than at any
12: place except Diano Marina, and not more than half the houses are
13: rebuilt, but the people seem perfectly happy sitting in the sun and I
14: am like them.
16: ...I do not think I shall return to England this next summer, but if I
17: should do so ...I hope I shall have the pleasure of meeting yourself
18: and Mrs Forman.
20: Believe me,
21: Sincerely yours,
22: Olive Schreiner
Schreiner’s letter to Buxton Foreman appears in Rive’s (1987) edition of Schreiner letters, provided by Peter Raine, the grandson of Cronwright-Schreiner via his second wife and their daughter Cronlyn. The original cannot now be traced, and so Rive’s version, with the usual provisos about possible errors and unmarked as well as marked omissions, is provided for the sake of completeness.