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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-85
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date8 March 1886
Address FromBournemouth, Dorset
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 94; Draznin 1992: 406-7
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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 at a number of addresses in Bournemouth from mid February to mid March 1886.
1Sweet boy, I have bad asthma. I am going to write a book “For those in
2physical suffering,” you are to have it after I am dead, & publish it
3without my name. I will tell my brother to give it you. You are to
4have all my papers when I die except any he wants. I am going to
5
6^make a will. I^
7
8^may live for thirty years but I may also not^
9
10Olive
11
Notation
Schreiner did write something ‘for those in physical suffering’, but it remained a short letter-like statement rather than a book. Draznin’s (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription. A version also appears in Cronwright-Schreiner (1924).