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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-158
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 18 January 1885
Address From4 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 56; Draznin 1992: 289-90
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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. In the absence of other information, dating this letter has followed Draznin (1992), who has done so by reference to a version in Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) The Letters. Schreiner was resident at two addresses in Hastings from the end of November 1884 to the end of April 1885. The end of the letter may be missing.
1Sunday Morning
3Escotts letter I send back. Let us send it now to the Nineteenth
4Century, (I which is almost sure not to take a ^purely^ literary article
5but let us try) then to the Contemp. then to Macmillan. I expect the
6reason is that Escott has got some other literary articles & sees that
7he won’t have room for it for six months. I know it will be published
8some where else. Had it better go to the Contem first & then if not
9taken to the Nineteenth? Isn’t it strange I don’t feel a little bit
10doubtful about our articles fate though I haven’t read it. Ach, he
11felt irritable yesterday, & then that letter came to trouble more! I
12like the irritable letter.
14Perhaps Escott has got to know someone who knows you & has asked him
15why he takes the article of an unknown medical student! You know you
16have such a way of writing that from reading your letters writings one
17would think you were an old established critic! Sweet, our article
18will come out all right in the end; just like S.A.F. Though I did walk
19up Regent Street with it in the rain, thinking every one could know
20that what was stuck under my cloak was a rejected M.S. – oh, so heart sick.
22[page/s missing]
What Schreiner comments should be 'sent to the Nineteenth' is Ellis's rejected article on criticism, 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 includes material from a different letter and is also incorrect in other ways.