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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/3b-xxiii
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date30 November 1884
Address FromHastings, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 47; Draznin 1992: 236
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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.
3I have the books, did I tell you; thank Louie for Browning. I am going
4to try & get back to Edinburgh ^Hotel^ if they will take me. I have just
5taken some of the quinine you sent me in Derbyshire I feel very
6desolate Henry. You are always in my thoughts, ^& close in my heart,^
7but some how we seem ?so in body as if we should never be able to be
8near eachother again to comfort & help eachother. Yes, you must let me
9see every thing you write when it is printed, like I let you see
10Undine & all the stupid things I write. I wonder if I will ever write
11again – Yes, I will.
13Good bye Henry
16^Oh, to see you, to hear your voice. It is such a horrible woman who
17keeps this house. I am gett^
Which of Robert Browning's volumes of poems Schreiner was referring to cannot be established. 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.