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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/5b-xvi
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 1 May 1916
Address FromAlexi, 31 The Park, Hampstead, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 509-10
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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. In the absence of other information, dating this letter has followed Draznin (1992), who has done so by reference to a version in the Lafitte Letters typescript in the British Library. Schreiner was resident at The Park from late February to the end of May 1916.
1Monday
2
3Dear Havelock When I came home I found the enclosed letter from Count
4Batthyany & this wire from Edith.
5
6I have written the Count to tell him you will not be pained at all by
7his writing & that I have sent the letter on to hi you. I will also
8tell him that I don’t think you have any control over Edith. She
9seems to do just what she wishes.
10
11You see when you are separated people will not feel you have the
12responsibility for her actions. Of course, dear
13
14Good bye. Olive
15
16I shall try to suggest to Edith that Lilly Batthyany is too ill & weak
17to see visitors just now. I wonder if you will ever have a whole
18afternoon to spare & we could go on the top of the bus to St Albans a
19lovely drive
20
Notation
The 'enclosed letter' is no longer attached. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.