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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/1a-xxv
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 27 June 1884
Address FromHolly Cottage, Mount Pleasant, Aspley Guise, Woburn, Bedfordshire
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 22-3; Draznin 1992: 70-1
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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 an associated envelope and its postmark, which also provides the address it was sent to.
1Holly Cottage
2Friday Night
3
4I got here this afternoon at half past six. I think the place will
5suit me. It is very quiet.
6
7Thank you for your letter.
8
9We have ?Mon only one post a a day here. So I do not know when you
10will get this.
11
12I am glad your mother & sister did not dislike me. I am very glad I
13went to see them. I can picture them ^your life^ so much better (I
14didn’t change that word I only scratched it out!)
15
16I feel a bit sad this evening, but that is only because the rain is
17beating on the trees outside & the place is strange to me. I think it
18is rather a sad place, but I shall work here.
19
20I have much I could say, but nothing I could write about. Write to me
21when you have nothing better to I do & it doesn’t interfere with
22your work. You have to work for an exam, havenot you?
23
24I feel very grateful to you; you are very good, & very tender, & ^very^
25true. Tomorrow I shall begin my reading & writing & have something
26rational to write about to you.
27
28Olive Schreiner
29
30If you write to me don’t put Woburn Sands, but just Woburn on the
31letter. I think I shall I give you the full address again because I
32fancy I didn’t give it right & it won’t find me if a letter
33hasn’t the full address
34
35Holly Cottage
36Mount Pleasant
37Aspley Guise
38Woburn
39Beds.
40
41I should be sorry to lose one of your letters. Olive.
42
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.