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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/3b-vii
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 7 December 1884
Address FromAlexandra House, Denmark Place, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 248-9
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
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. Schreiner was resident at two addresses in Hastings from the end of November 1884 to the end of April 1885.
1Sunday Night
3It has been a glorious warm sunny day. I got up to the top of the hill!
4 Perhaps some day you will walk there too. Mrs. Cobb came to see me
5this afternoon again. Harry, she’s a splendid woman. She has such a
6very nice sister also. I shall like to see more of her when I come to
7London. I shall come some day.
9Yes this is much better than the Marina, now I am getting better. I
10seem first to realize how bad I’ve been.
12I think you ought to work at that little Australian thing. Yes,
13that’s a funny bit about Veronica I don’t know if it’s very bad
14or very good. I am getting into bed now. If I keep on like this why
15should I go to Montreux.
The comment about Veronica refers to From Man to Man. The 'little Australian thing' is Ellis's projected book, (1922) Kanga Creek Waltham St Lawrence: Golden Cockerell Press. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.