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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/5b-xi
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 2 April 1916
Address FromAlexi, 31 The Park, Hampstead, London
Address ToRose Cottage, Carbis Water, Cornwall
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 505-6
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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. Schreiner was resident at The Park from late February to the end of May 1916.
3Dear Havelock
5I long so for further news of you. Did Do come up to London as soon as
6you can. I do hope that wherever Edith goes it will be where I can
7easily get to her by bus, as I can’t walk. I doubt whether she
8should be left quite alone, if those who see her see her with wisdom.
9I have a feeling, perhaps quite a mistaken one, that I might help her.
10There is a very lovely place at the ^Barnes^ common on the way to
11Richmond but it may be one of those very expensive private places. The
12bus passes the gate. Ask about it.
14I am always thinking of you two. You too must not be too much alone,
15dear. I wish it was not war time. The government ought to give you a
16small pension when one thinks of all the scientific work you have done
17for so small reward. It is too awful that this, the mightiest of all
18sorrows should have taken you both. I am so afraid that when she finds
19she is in an asylum she will be more depressed. Life does get tragic
20as one gets old, Havelock. Some great sorrow rests on nearly every one
21you have known & loved in youth.
23Good bye
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.