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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-150
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 14 April 1914
Address From45 Albert Road, Hythe, Kent
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 334; Draznin 1992: 486-7
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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 was resident in Hythe in April 1914.
1Tuesday
2
3Dear I’ve had no end of adventures. My ‘bag was picked at
4Piccadille Circus Mo yesterday & my purse with 20 pounds & some
5shilling taken from it. I am quite stupified by the loss. I went at
6once to the Vine Street Police station – but I know nothing will
7come of it. This morning I went to meet Will at Waterloo. The taxi I
8as in was run into from behind & smashed up, but I was not hurt. Alice
9says I’ve now had two misfortunes & will have to have the third!
10That’s a belief you know. I am all right, but very tired – since I
11lost my money!!
12
13I think your little snap of me lying down is very good. Could you let
14me have the negative ^for a time^ to have several copies printed? The
15others are bad, especially the upright ones.
16
17Will looks ill: his face puffy. He is going to Nauheim in ten days.
18Perhaps I shall go with him. It would be nice if we could go to the
19Zoo or to the National Gallery together. Have you been to the Zoo
20lately. I’m so glad I’ve seen your little flat. Its lovely I think,
21 I can picture you there so well.
22
23Dear, I hope you won’t get mixed up with any of these inverted
24peoples affairs. People may not understand you are studying these
25things merely scientifically
26
27Olive
28
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 and also dated as 6 May 1914.