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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/1b-xiii
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateNovember 1884
Address FromHastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToFred Schreiner
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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 note to Fred Schreiner is written on the back of a letter from Roden Noel to Ellis which Ellis had sent on to Olive Schreiner; this was returned enclosed in another letter Schreiner sent to Ellis on 3 November 1884 thanking him for passing these comments on, thus enabling dating. Schreiner lived at a number of addresses in Hastings between mid October 1884 and the end of April 1885.
1Please send both this by unreadable ^back^ unreadable & please send my
2big brown box too, Dadda.
3Good night
Roden Noel's scrawled part-letter comments 'What a magnificent book you recommended me in the African Farm! O it is wonderful. Who, the foul fiend, wrote it or a woman? But it is too awfully sad, & has (for the moment) made me disbelieve everything - it makes me remember -- was not Lyndall quite right to choose that free life after her own partner? That’s what I should recommend instead of the polygamy of Hinton. Who wants & will or can maintain a dozen women?...'.