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Letter ReferenceHRC/HavelockEllis/Misc/OS-HavelockEllisMisc/1
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateApril 1889
Address FromLondon
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
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Legend
The Project is grateful to the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. This letter has been dated using information on a letter from Arthur Symons which it is written on the back of. Schreiner was in London immediately before moving to Knaphill in mid April 1889. Arthur Wing Pinero’s ‘Sweet Lavender’ was on at Terry’s Theatre in 1888.
1I am going down to
2Knap-Hill
3Nr Woking
4Surrey
5on Saturday Alice will be there on till Monday afternoon. Can you come
6on Monday morning, & help me decide about the house. I long to see you.
7 I am afraid that place is damp I’ve had such rheumatism since
8yesterday that right arm can hardly hold pen. You must come to
9Brookwood station & walk up to Knap-hill about 1 mile & a ½.
10
11My cousin Emile has written a nice letter.
12
13I’m very pl glad Symons liked being here. I thought I was so tired
14he would be bored. I’m always tired now. Are you in love that you
15suddenly look so handsome. If you would rather come when I am alone
16come on Tuesday & perhaps we can go Hind head for the day they say
17it’s lovely.
18
Notation
The letter from Arthur Symons that Schreiner's letter in on the back of is as follows:

‘10 Arundel Street
Strand, W.C.
April 25th

Dear Miss Schreiner

Is there any chance of seeing you again while I am up? I want, among other things, to tell you about “Sweet Lavender” which I saw at Terry’s last night, & about Pater & his exquisite little cat Nedly, whom I have been seeing to-day. I have Saturday after noon free: should I find you at home then, & not busy or engaged?

I should like to know what you think of the enclosed poem, by Mathilde Blind.

Will you send me just a line?

Very truly yours
Arthur Symons’

Mathilde Blind’s poems appeared in book form: Mathilde Blind (1889) The Ascent of Man: with other poems London: Chatto & Windus.