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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/1b-xv
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 9 July 1884
Address FromDerby Station, Derby, Derbyshire
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 86
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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. Dating this letter has followed Draznin (1992) in associating it with Schreiner to Ellis, 10 July 1884 (HRC/CAT/OS/1b-1), which was originally in the same envelope with it. Schreiner was resident in Apsley Guide in late June and early July 1884, leaving on 8 July and arriving in Wirksworth via Derby on 9 July 1884.
1Derby Station
2Wednesday
3
4I got here at half past twelve & find I have to wait 4 hours till half
5past four. I wonder whether I shall soon get your diary. Send it at once.
6
7I hadn’t such a bad journey. I had a carriage all to my self so I
8could lie down, & I could have gone fast to sleep, only I was afraid
9we might pass Derby. This station reminds me something of London with
10its noise & stir. Dear old London. You don’t know how happy the time I
11was there looks to me now.
12
13I am getting afraid that the new place will be just like the last.
14
15I wonder if you My head is so bad. There is such a pretty wall paper
16in this room it is quite nice to look at it. Wall papers have so much
17meaning for me. I could give des-criptions of many wall papers I saw
18when I was a child.
19
Notation
Draznin’s (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.