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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/3b-xxvi
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 26 December 1884
Address From4 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 280
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Legend
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.
14 Robertson ^Terrace^
2Hastings
3Friday night
4
5My comrade,
6
7I have got here, but I’m not yet in my bedroom. Some one else has got
8it so the woman has given me the dining-room for this week with a
9little bed put in the corner for me. If you could come while I am in
10this room it would be rather nice, even if it were for only three days.
11 Will ^Would^ you be able to come any day next week?
12
13I some how want to see you so badly. & yet Id can’t feel as if it was
14good for you to come. It mustn’t make you sad.
15
16Miss Müller came again today to see me, & I think she is coming again
17on Sunday morning to spend the morning with me. Some-how I think she
18likes me very much. I fancy too I am getting her a little bit over to
19my view. I think I shall be better here. Is m I seem to have been
20living in a kind of dark dream for months, from physical causes so
21clouded over.
22
23Mrs Miss Jones came to see me this afternoon. I was out. She left a
24message asking me to go & spend tomorrow with her, & sleep there I am
25going in the morning to say I can’t stay because I have my writing to do.
26
27You know I don’t get really better. I am not like I was when I came
28from the Marina, of course, but every breathe I fight for. Which is
29the best asthma man in Londond?
30
31Good night! I hope you are going to have a sweet restful night. My
32book is pressing
33
34^fearfully on me. Olive^
35
36^When will the light come I want my boy tonight Because I haven’t had
37any letter I am reading his old one.^
38
39I have two vols of Myers sent from the London, poems. I understand
40what you say about him
41
42Olive
43
Notation
The two volumes of Meyers are Frederic William Henry Meyers (1881) Wordsworth London: Macmillan; and (1883) Essays: Modern London: Macmillan. The book Schreiner comments is 'pressing' is From Man to Man. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.