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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-87HRC/OS/FRAG
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date13 March 1886
Address FromBournemouth, Dorset
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 407-8
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 at a number of addresses in Bournemouth from mid February to mid March 1886.
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3It will be splendid I am so glad, a weight seems gone from my mind. I
4have wanted so that some line of literary work should open to you for
5with which you are suited. You would form the most perfect Editor for
6an advanced review that could be thought of. I seem to see now your
7line of life for some years to come. Darling I long to talk it over
8with you. Even if he does not offer very much, do it.
10The more I have seen of practical medicine the more I have felt that
11your beautiful, earnest truthful scientific mind is not suited for
12that life. You might as well set me to write two-penny novellets. If
13you could become a physician, & quietly carry on scientific studies in
14a hospital, for the well & good, for the life of a general
15practitioner you have not one of the necessary vices.
17Harry you mustn’t go & get money before I do.
19I am going to live at a place called Earl South Bourne-on-Sea, a wild
20lonely place, a point sticking into the sea about three miles from
21this. There are only about ten houses, & sand & rough grass. Oh my own
22boy I want you so. I went to see it today, & I wanted you to walk
23about there with me.
25Harry, my own my otherself. there has been such a crying out in my
26heart for you lately. If I go to South-Bourne I shall get quite strong,
27 & you will come & spend a week with me. Harry you mustn’t die before
28me. Please tell me, do you ever feel pain or weakness in your back.
29Dear I put my arms round that back & try to strengthen it.
31This time last year you were with me at St Leonards. Give my love to
36Rooms are cheap & South Bourne. If I can get a cheap one I shall have
37lots of money.
The beginning of this letter is missing. Draznin's (1992) version of the letter is in some respects different from our transcription.