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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-57
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 12 July 1885
Address From9 Blandford Square, Paddington, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 68-9
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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 in Blandford Square in July 1885.
1Sunday
2
3Yesterday was all holiday you are having & you need to be so helped &
4made strong for your work, & I don’t think I helped you. When they
5were reading Witman & you lay on the ground I looked at you
6
7It was sweet to want to come to ^with^ me to London Bridge but our Louie
8can’t go about alone like I can.
9
10Will you please let your coming to see me be entirely governed by what
11is good for the exam.
12
13I am so proud that you love me so much, it is so sweet to me. Can I be
14glad without thinking I am selfish. You love me so beautifully.
15
16Olive
17
18I got a Pall Mall.
19
Notation
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.