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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-101
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date27 June 1886
Address FromThe Convent, Harrow, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 418
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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 lived at the Convent in Harrow from late May to late September 1886.
1My own boy. I haven’t been nice to him today; & my heart was so
2loving to him; it’s that hay fever, makes me such a horrid girl. You
3will come again to our nice little room soon? I will want so till I
4see you again, to look at your face.
6One day you will marry a sweet gentle woman like Arrabella, but you &
7I will ever be one in heart. My Havelock I keep seeing your face like
8it looked when we sat on the stone We won’t go into the country at
9all next time, we’ll stop in the Church yard & our little room.
Arabella is the protagonist in Ellis's sonnet of the same name; see Havelock Ellis (1925) Sonnets With Folk Songs From the Spanish Waltham St Lawrence: Golden Cockerel Press. A version of this letter is in Draznin (1992).