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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-129
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date19 March 1889
Address FromMentone, France
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 159; Draznin 1992: 450-1
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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 information written onto it by Ellis. Schreiner stayed in Mentone from mid December 1888 to mid March 1889.
1My Havelock, I am better this morning with the thought of coming to
2Paris. I leave this by the train that starts at ^11.25 am on Friday^ &
3gets to Paris at 9.25 on Saturday, in the morning. Can you meet me at
4the station where the Marsails express arrives at that hour If so
5telegraph as soon as getting this the one word Paris. Don’t fail me
6if you can come. I will pay all your expenses (come & you can with
7full truth tell the girls you are going for a holiday to Paris & to
8see about the possibilities of your living there. In fact for yourself
9alone it will be a good thing to come but I am asking you selfishly.
10My Brother Theo & sister Ellie & four of my nephews & nieces are
11coming to in England the fo week after next & if I am in Paris I am
12sure Theo will come over to see me. Any how I wanted to go to Paris or
13England to meet them only I couldn’t afford it. Please wire the
14minute you get this. Wedne Thursday morning early.
15
16If it is too expensive to stay in Paris because of the exhibition I
17can go on to the Rhine where I meant to pass the summer I am going to
18tell everyone about my being in Paris because I want nothing secret.
19But I don’t want to see heaps of people, & you needn’t mention me
20unless anyone specially asks
21
22Olive
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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.