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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-88
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 22 March 1886
Address FromSouthbourne, Dorset
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 409
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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 Southbourne from late March to the start of April 1886.
3My Havelock.
5I want to hear from you. I keep thinking of you: What are you doing
6today. I wish you & Louie could come down here for the Easter holidays.
7 I wouldn’t like one alone, but if there were two of you you
8wouldnot be lonely even if I worked. I am going to work now my asthma
9is a little better. I slept last night. I’m so frightened of that
10man at Bournemouth with his red eyes & yellow beard I always think
11he’s coming to catch me.
13My Havelock, I will treasure any word from you.
15Your Olive
17^I never say to anyone they are my other self, only you. Nothing can
18ever divide us.^
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.