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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-45
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 10 June 1885
Address From41 Upper Baker Street, Marylebone, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 360
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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 in Upper Baker Street for the last part of May and June 1885.
1Wednesday Morning
2
3The old Maid has got an invitation to a concert on W Friday night. &
4wants me to go with her It won’t be nice it’s all vocal, but she
5can’t go with out me so I must.
6
7I quite forgot to tell you that Aveling has got ^2^ free tickets for all
8the Handel festival by simply writing & saying that he writes for
9Progress &c. He says if you wrote & said you were a critical writer
10for the Indian Review they would also give you orders for the press
11gallery, two tickets. You might try.
12
13Miss Müller is coming today to see me.
14
15I thought so much of my comrade last night. If I was a bird I would
16pick the little downs from my breast to make the nest soft for my baby.
17 That’s how I feel. I want your life to be something
18
19^so wise & beautiful & good.^
20
21Olive
22
Notation
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter differs in some respects from our transcription.