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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/3a-xvi
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 24 November 1884
Address From144 Marina, St Leonards, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 46-7; Draznin 1992: 227-8
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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
2Monday Morning
4Am just going out to look for rooms. Bitterly cold! Have worked well
5all day the morning. I’m going to get hard & strong like I used to
6be. I’m not going to let feeling kill me, damned if I shall, you
7mustn’t expect me to talk soft, but down in my heart I’ll be.
9How is my boy? How should I live without that boy.
15Couldn’t get rooms. Shall never have rest or mental or physical
16health while I am dependent on any other human creature ought to be.
17It is death to all the manly side of our soul. Take all from perfect
18love, but from nothing else
20I have worked again a bit. Yes, I walk whenever I work, but my chest
21won’t let me no anything but walk, it eases it.
23Your letter this evening is sweet. In heart we are always one.
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.