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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-5
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date14 January 1885
Address From4 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 286
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 information written onto it by Ellis. Schreiner was resident at two addresses in Hastings from the end of November 1884 to the end of April 1885. The first page of the letter is missing.
1[page/s missing]
3I hope my little Australian thing will be written soon. I want to see
4it. You are very young, Henry. I was thinking the other day George
5Eliot was 7 years older than you & she’d not yet begun to write
6anything but those few poor articles in the Westminster. I like you
7best when you’re expressing yourself & not critical (to judge from
8what I’ve seen!) I couldn’t answer Myers; I just wrote to tell him I
9would write soon. I have been lying down all day.
13^K Pearsons essay is the one about Hamerling^
'My little Australian thing' is Ellis's projected book about his time in Australia: Havelock Ellis (1922) Kanga Creek: An Australian Idyll Waltham St Lawrence: Golden Cockerel Press. The Hamerling reference is to: Robert Hamerling (1882) Aspasia: A Romance of Art and Love in Ancient Hellas New Tork: Gottsberger Peck. Pearson was responding to Robert Hamerling's (1882) Amor und Psyche Leipzig. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.