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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/5b-vi
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 16 March 1916
Address FromAlexi, 31 The Park, Hampstead, London
Address ToRose Cottage, Carbis Water, Cornwall
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 502
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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. Dating this letter has followed an associated envelope and its postmark, which also provides the address it was sent to.
3Dear Havelock
5I am so very very sorry to hear Edith is so ill. Has she tried
6complete vegetarian¬ism no meat & no stimulants of any kind, not even
7tea or coffee & of course no wine &c. I have seen the most wonderful
8cures in cases of nervous exhaustion You see the poor tired nerves
9must rest not be stimulated. If she could go to Buxton or Matlock, &
10be in a sanatorium where she could have baths & massage, & perfect rest
11& quiet she might be well in a few weeks. I should think London was
12the worst place in the world. One always feels more or less near
13strain here.
15I have written another little tiny thing called “Give unto Caesar-”
16which is coming out in “Peace & War” Did you see 300 Cambridge
17students have refused to take any service God bless the dear boys! A
18Master at Harrow too. No, I’ve not seen that book should like to.
20I suppose my brother & all the other people with will have nothing to
21do with me now at all, after my article comes out in the Labour Leader
23Good bye
Schreiner’s article is: "Give Unto Caesar -" War & Peace vol 3, no 31, April 1916, p.106. Draznin’s (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.