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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-38
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 12 March 1885
Address From4 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 64; Draznin 1992: 318
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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.
1Thursday eve.
2
3Have been working today again. The going to Pevensey seems to have
4soothed me.
5
6I am just reading your letter.
7
8It makes my heart nearly crack when I think of going abroad. You, all
9alone in England even if you have your mother & sisters with you, & I
10alone even if I have the mountains. I don’t think you know how much
11you are to me. I don’t say much of my feeling for you because I know
12what a terrible thing it is when tender words are said to one &
13afterwards one doesn’t seem to have all one hoped for.
14
15Olive
16
17^Read Montaigne’s magnificent essay on repentance. It is one of my
18favourites.^
19
Notation
The book referred to is: Michel de Montaigne (1877) Essays (ed. William Hazlitt) London: Blackie. 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.