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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-10
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date13 February 1885
Address From4 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 307-9
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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. 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 beginning of the letter is missing.
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3you & I are just now showing eachother enough of our mental slates, &
4therefore we can not rightly sympathize with & help each other; though
5the deepest wish in both of our hearts is to help the other one. What
6help & comfort you are to me I hardly think you realize.
8I don’t want to “push you” farther from me, my darling, I want to draw
9you nearer & nearer to me, the real me. I want us to be able perfectly
10to understand all sides of eachother’s nature. My darling sweet soul,
11that journeying with mine.
13Good bye, until tomorrow.
16I am so glad to think of seeing Louie.
Draznin’s (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.