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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-7
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday 24 January 1885
Address From4 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 296
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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.
1Sat Afternoon
2
3I am wonderfully ?pr better today. Are you better too, & the head
4doesn’t ache now? I fear you have felt, too more anxious about me than
5there was any need to I shall get well again someday darling.
6
7The doctor comes every day now, & he does not give me any more chloral.
8
9I hope you will be able to go & see Eleanor soon. Tell her how it is I
10can’t write, but I shall soon. My legs seem getting much better with
11his lying still.
12
13In talking with Aveling don’t say anything he could lay hold of, he is
14so anxious to find some evil point in our friendship. I long for thy
15face. It is strange that ever since you were here this last time even
16in my half stupor I see it – I never did before, & it looks beautiful
17to me. Give my love to Louie. I am not going to struggle or cry out or
18strive to be well anymore. I am just going to lie quite passive & wait
19
20Olive
21
Notation
Draznin’s (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.