"Will Schreiner's death, first time in 50 years not writing to him on his birthday" Read the full letter
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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-86
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date11 March 1886
Address FromBournemouth, Dorset
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 407
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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.
1My darling boy. You mustn’t talk about dying you don’t know what
2it is to me.
3
4Your little comrad,
5other self. Olive
6
7Harry isn’t it strange I would feel your death more than almost any
8thing – I would be lost! In all my thoughts you are vaguely there,
9like the sky is at the back of a landscape, always there.
10
11I am feeling very seedy, deca but I’ll be better soon. Nothing goes
12on for ever. My darling boy, will you write me a long letter & tell me
13how you are feeling mentally & physically. Please let me feel close to
14you. I can’t come close, you must come to me. When I am feeling
15better I’d like to come & spend at least a week at Earlswood, if it
16suited me I might stay longer.
17
18I want to put my arms round you. Good bye your own comrade. I
19haven’t worked for some days at all, are you working. I love you
20Havelock, I love you.
21Olive
22
23^Wouldn’t it have been my terrible death for my poor little mother?^
24
Notation
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.