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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/3b-xxi
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday 20 December 1884
Address FromAlexandra House, Denmark Place, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 270
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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 Morning
3I forgot to tell to tell you that Miss Jones came yesterday to invite
4me to stay with them from Sat to Monday. Of course I decline. I
5don’t know why she is so determined to have me.
7My chest is very bad. I have taken one little bed room on the fourth
8floor in Robertson Terrace. The sittingrooms there however small cost
9£2 a week but I am thankful to have got a bed-room, but I think I
10shall get better there because it is so sheltered. There’ll be the
11same impossibility of your coming to see me, but if you come I will
12get you a bed & sitting room some where close. & I will come every day
13& see my boy. What does it matter what Miss Jones says about me.
15Is my boys cold better? I have read that letter of yours over so often.
16 Ach Henry I’m not so beautiful & sweet “inside” as my boy
19Perhaps I shall get quite well at Robertson Terrace because it’s so
20sheltered Good by my comrade
22Your, Olive
24I can’t write nice letters now because I can’t think nice letters
25come out of a nice little, bright little head. I’ll be like that at
26Robertson Terrace.
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.