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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-18
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 16 March 1885
Address From4 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 64; Draznin 1992: 322
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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.
3You know I shall be loving to my boy a little this evening, why
4shouldn’t I be if I like! I send you a little present It’s some
5flowers I got this morning, gorse, on the top of the hill at
6Ecclesbourne. It’s the walk Bertie went with the Jew’s servant,
7they went passed there. Only it was misty, not beautiful & sunny like
8this morning. You’ll go there one day.
10I’m going to Eastbourne tomorrow, baby, & when I come back in the
11evening your letter’ll be here. That letter made me feel very sorry
12for Miss Jones, but
14^what can we do? Olive.^
16^Tomorrow evening you must think of me.^
Bertie is a character in From Man to Man. 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.