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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-61
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 26 July 1885
Address From9 Blandford Square, Paddington, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 76; Draznin 1992: 373-4
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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 in Blandford Square for the last part of July 1885.
1Sunday Morning
3Isn’t it hot! I feel better & rested for yesterday I’d like to come to
4Anerly, but then it’ll take a whole day & I must go to see Noel. I
5wish so much you were here this morning.
7M Harkeness brought me yesterday Balzacs “Physiologie du Mariage.”
8Have you read it? It is very easy I can understand it. This time next
9week I shan’t be here.
11My love, do you know, never have you been so dear to me as you are now.
12 You are almost
14A strange new little love scene story came into my head of itself last
15night after I was in bed. The man of it is a man like Godwin. I will
16tell it you some day when we are quiet resting together.
18I hope Miss Jones isn’t going to Clevedon.
20It is strange how much sweet loving physical feeling a woman has when she
22^is unwell. You were very sweet yesterday & when we go anywhere
23together we will eat together & all.^
27^I’m so glad you are coming on Tuesday. Don’t come later than five so
28that we have some time for a little talk. Rest thee, my sweet other
29self, my loved one.^
31^Mrs. Cobb is coming tomorrow afternoon too. I wish it was right for
32you to come. But your work is first. I would be very much cut up if
33you didn’t pass. I had some thoughts about you & me last night too. I
34seemed to understand everything, & about^
36^Hinton too.^
The book referred to is: Honore de Balzac (1829) Physiologie du Mariage Paris: n.p. A version of this letter is in Draznin (1992). Cronwright-Schreiner’s (1924) short extract is incorrect in various ways.