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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-90
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 1 April 1886
Address FromSouthbourne, Dorset
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 97; Draznin 1992: 410-11
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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.
1Southbourne
2Thursday
3
4Havelock, I’ve been working such a lot today. My landlady is going
5to make me pay five or six shillings for an old worn out kettle that
6split on my fire. Havelock the only kind of humanbeing I don’t love
7is landladies. That’s why I’m going to the nuns. What is it a go
8sign of when people’s arms & legs keep going to sleep without their
9sitting them. I wonder if Red Hill is a dry place where one wouldn’t
10get asthma.
11
12I’ve been writing about a sister to-day, & crying so I’m tired. It
13always touches me to the quick because it reminds me of Ettie.
14
15Ach Harry, I want to see you & tell you so many things. My own, my boy,
16 my other self.
17
18Good night sweet old eyes. I wonder what that wonder ful look is that
19comes on your face sometimes,
20Olive
21
Notation
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription. Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) extract is incorrect in various ways.