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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/5b-vii
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date24 March 1916
Address FromAlexi, 31 The Park, Hampstead, London
Address ToRose Cottage, Carbis Water, Cornwall
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 503
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
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. The address this letter was sent to is provided by the associated envelope.
231 The Park
4March 24 / 16
6Dear Havelock
8I’m so anxious to hear how Edith is. Just drop me one line. I hope
9you’ve let the house I’ve told several people of it. Is the W.C.
10in the house, or in the garden? – that two people have asked.
12I don’t remember if I wrote you to tell you how ill I’d been. The
13doctor had to come in the middle of the night, he injected morphia &
14strychnine which relieved the pain. He calls it neuralgia of the heart.
15 Would you do me a favour & write me a prescription for one tube of B
16& Wilams morphia tabloid 1/2 each. I have a tube the doctor gave me
17when I left Africa in case I needed it on board ship, but I’ve never
18had this pain since I came to England, & I left the tube with my
19things at Kensington Palace Mansions, & I’m not well enough to go &
20fetch them The doctor charges me 15/- each time he comes to see me,
21£1 for the visit, & I can’t afford it. I’m not going to get him
22any more if I can help it. I haven’t a syrange as mine has perished,
23but I can take it by mouth.
25Oh I do hope Edith is better. How despairful it is we are all so poor.
26Illness sops up money like water. When you are well if you haven’t
27money you just don’t spend, but when you are ill you must have
28medicines & things. I am much better; & oh so thankful to here & not
29in Kensington! Perhaps the pain won’t come on again, but I want to
30feel I have something to try if it does.
32?Go Did you get the Labour Leader. I ask because I posted 12 copies
33and no one has written to say they got it. I hope you don’t feel too unfit
Schreiner's 'Conscientious objectors' was published in the Labour Leader; see "To Our Anti-Militarists, By Olive Schreiner" Labour Leader 16 March 1916, p.6. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.