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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-48
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 16 January 1885
Address From4 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 56; Draznin 1992: 288
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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. 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.
1Friday Night.
2
3Today as soon as I leave off writing to you I want to begin again.
4
5Do you know we have always 5 or 10 pounds here when we really need it.
6We might feel it necessary for you to stay a little longer at the
7hospital, or anything like that & if so it might be useful to have the
8pounds so we must keep them ready. I don’t mind our spending money
9on necessity, do you, its only when its for pleasure selfish pleasure.
10It’s rather important to me that your mind shouldn’t be worried or
11hurried by little things like that just now. My swan, my swan, that
12nobody knows yet just like I know it. It isn’t the work you will, or
13can do that’s wonderful to me, it’s what you are. Someday when you
14have written & worked & found your place in the world other
15people’ll see you differently, but I’ll see only my old Harry. Not
16more wonderful to me, perhaps in one way less, because now I feel like
17like a man hidden in his hand & nobody knows that he’s got it.
18
19Goodnight
20Olive
21
22That nux vomica is so good, so good for me. I feel so strong ^in my head^
23today I can remember every thing! My legs are still just the same, ^but^
24its only the symal “lymphatic system”. I was up much last night
25with the asthma but took chloral.
26
27Just got letter. Oh Harry our article. Ach, I don’t care, send it
28the Nineteenth.
29
30Olive.
31
32^I ought to have sent Escott’s letter back.^
33
34
Notation
'Our article' refers to an article by Ellis sent to the Fortnightly Review which had been rejected, and which eventually appeared as: Havelock Ellis (1885) 'The present position of English Criticism' Time December 1885. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription. Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) extract is incorrect in various ways.