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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-106
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date28 July 1886
Address FromThe Convent, Harrow, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 420
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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 Havelock you know when people really belong to each other in head &
2in natural likeness nothing ever really divides them. It is not like
3when people are attracted by difference
7I’m writing like old boots.
There are some crossed out words written horizontally on the back of the notepaper, as follows: 'The upper lip has grown down over our teeth lift it up, you will see the ?long ?canine'. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.