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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-31
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 30 April 1885
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 346
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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.
1Wed Thursday.
3I have read our little Australian thing: it is beautiful. I think I
4love it. I don’t not expect it would be so good as it is though I
5thought it would be good. Don It’s so sweet to me it seems like the
6story of my old life. I think it would be interesting to other people
7too. You use the name Oliver much too often, that quite spoils the
8first little bit. & there are two other, as it seems to me faults, but
9that is all.
11You needn’t pay the ^other^ sixpence if you fetch the letters from D.T.
12 I enclose one letter & likeness from Roden Noel. Noel
14Give my love to Louie.
16Your stupid
19I’m so glad about that Australian thing being so good. It almost
20wakes me up.
22^Thank you for seeing about books from London library. They seem very
The 'Australian thing' is Ellis's projected book, (1922) Kanga Creek Waltham St Lawrence: Golden Cockerell Press. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.