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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/3a-xv
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 23 November 1884
Address From144 Marina, St Leonards, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 46; Draznin 1992: 227
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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 letter has been dated by reference to an associated envelope and its postmark, which also provides the address it was sent to.
1144 Marina
2Sunday Afternoon
4How is my boy? Miss Jones has just been to see me. My heart aches with
5pity for her. I don’t know what kind of sorrowful feeling I get for
6her, poor little woman, So heavily weighted. My chest gets steadily
7worse as soon as I am able to go out I will go & look for apartments
8in Hastings or St Leonards. It I wait much longer it may be of no use;
9I suddenly seemed to see that last night. My letter came to me this
10morning. I have been lying down all day sometimes reading & some times
11sleeping. I have read Webster. The plays I have are “Westward Hoe.
12” Northward Hoe & ‘Sir Thomas Wyat’ After Marlow & Shakespear
13they are the best I have read. What a gulf lies between them & those
14Queen Ann & Stuart fellows.
16Mehaliah is powerful. But they ought’t to have died at the end, they
17ought to have lived
The titles Schreiner mentions are plays by Webster. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription. Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) extract is incorrect in various ways.