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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-81
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date25 December 1885
Address From9 Blandford Square, Paddington, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 395
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
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 from the end of November 1885 to mid January 1886, when she left London for the Isle of Wight.
1Xmas Day
3My Havelock
5Thankyou for that beautiful book. I keep looking at the place where
6you’d written my name last night. I keep sending a thought to you.
8You know how near you are to me.
10K Pearson has sent me a splendid art paper by Ray Lankester. I have
11not been able to read your rel. pn. if I can’t tonight I will send
12it tomorrow. I can’t read or write. It’s impossible
17Dr. Donkin has been in the country some days. I haven’t
19^seen anyone but K. P. He says he is going to leave Hinton alone now I
20don’t want even to think of it^
What Ellis's 'rel. pn' was that Schreiner had not read cannot be established. The paper Schreiner refers to was E. Ray Lankester's (1885) presentation to the Men and Women's Club. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.