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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/3a-ix
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 15 December 1884
Address FromAlexandra House, Denmark Place, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 263
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. In the absence of other information, dating this letter has followed Draznin (1992), who has done so by reference to a version in the Lafitte Letters typescript in the British Library. Schreiner was resident at two addresses in Hastings from the end of November 1884 to the end of April 1885.
1Monday Night
3I suddenly feel as if it would be so nice if you were here. I want to
4talk with you. I have been keeping warm all day & taking chlorodine. I
5have tried to write a little with your pencil. I think I have one ^two^
6of your handkerchiefs. I read a little of Manon Lescaut to day. I am
7half through. I haven’t been out since Sat urday.
9Your sister
12^Did what I told you make you love me less?^
This letter has been written with the pencil Schreiner refers to. The book referred to is: Abbe Prevost (1886) Manon Lescault London: Routledge. Draznin's (1992) version of the letter is in some respects different from our transcription.