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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-11
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 13 February 1885
Address From4 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 308
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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
2
3I wish today was the day for you to come. I wasn’t sweet to you
4yesterday, my darling, I seemed not to trust you, but deep in my heart
5lies a trust of you so perfect that sometimes the thought comes to me
6“How can you believe in him so perfectly,” but yet I do, And yet I
7feel that we are near together in heart for always. You can’t go
8away from me wherever you take yourself M I felt such a heart sick
9agony this morning I wished I had arranged to go back to St. Leonards
10today. I would go if you were here now. It is sad here. You always go
11away. I want us to go to the “Messiah” on Sat. if we can.
12
13Good bye. my sweet bright face. So bright it looks when its happy. Why
14don’t I always make it happy.
15Olive
16
17^Olive, I hope you will be able to come on Saturday morning.^
18
Notation
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.