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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-113
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date12 April 1887
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 114; Rive 1987: 126; Draznin 1992: 433-4
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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.
2April 12 / 87
4My darling Boy, how much you have suffered mentally through me; &
5still to a certain extent do suffer & so nobly & bravely. You don’t
6know how much you form part of my life, like the sun when he always
7shines here, one never talks of him.
9I’m sending you the wild flowers, I’m going out to pick them also
12I’m going to send 5/- to Chubb for new life.
14I’ve ordered 36 copies of Pearsons pamphlet to give away. Would you
15or New Life like to have some. I sent Adam’s pamphlet to Pearson
16through my brother, so he won’t know I send it.
20I’m sending you a bit of Olive tree with the flowers because they
21wouldn’t look like Alassio without it. All the hills here are
23^covered with nothing but olives to their very tops. They are planted
24on stone terraces & the wild flowers grow among them you can go in
25anywhere & pick them. Nothing is walled off here, its like the Cape,
26its only in England people shut other people out^
28^Edward Carpenter writes me such nice notes. I love him^
Adam's pamphlet cannot be established. The other pamphlet referred to is: Karl Pearson (1887) Socialism and Sex London: W. Reeves. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription. Rive's (1987) version is taken from Cronwright-Schreiner. Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) extract is incorrect in various ways.