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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-143
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date18 April 1893
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 210-11; Draznin 1992: 474-5
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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 18 / 93
4I’m so anxious to know how Edith is. It’s so terrible when people
5we love are ill. I know how you will have felt. One can stand anything
6better than that ?form of trouble almost, at least I can. I’ve no
7news of myself. You know I’ve over weighted myself with the number
8of stories & books I have written. I don’t see how I shall ever
9clear them off. If I could have a peaceful quiet home, & could work
10out the rest of my life revising, I might manage them. It’s not my
11great great grandmother that is supposed to have been a Jewes (it’s
12only a supposition, no one knows, & the whole thing may have risen
13from our Jewish eyes!) but my grand father’s great grand mother,
14which is my three times great. We know that his grand mother was not a
15Jewess, but the idea is that her mother was. No what you said was so
16nice, dear.
18I’m so tired Harry aren’t you sometimes. It’s different from the
19sort of passionate tiredness one gets when one’s young. One knows
20now it will never be different & one is so tired dear
24^I shall arrive in London about the 21st^
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription. A version also appears in Cronwright-Schreiner (1924).