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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/3b-xiii
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday 13 December 1884
Address FromAlexandra House, Denmark Place, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 259
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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. Schreiner was resident at two addresses in Hastings from the end of November 1884 to the end of April 1885.
1Sat Night
3I have just got the enclosed from poor Miss Jones. I have written to
4say I can’t come to dinner, but will look in in the afternoon. I’m
5glad Miss Haddon’s letter article is developing. I am working but have
6not yet done anything to-day as this morning I went for a walk & this
7afternoon Wilfred came & I took him to the pier. If you came how would
8it be if you took a bedroom & sitting room near to this & I some times
9came to see you. That is all I can think of. But how could my poor boy
10eat alone. What if you took the rooms but I made arrangements with my
11landlady for you to have your meals here. We could get rooms for 25/-
12& board here for h 25/- or perhaps if £1. That would only be £2.5 a
13week. I would like you to come
14 ^
15after Xmas when my brother & sister are at Northampton & London, then
16we could go over to Eastbourne & look at the grounds
19^Mrs. Cobb has sent me the Pall Mall for^
21^Wednesday the 10th with a splendid^
23^article by the author of a “Modern Lover” against W.H. Smith. Read it.^
Caroline Haddon’s article was published anonymously: Anon (1884) The Future of Marriage London: Foulger. The ‘Modern Lover’ reference is to George Moore (1884) “A New Censorship of Literature” Pall Mall Gazette 10 December 1884. Draznin’s (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.