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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/2a-viii
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 31 August 1884
Address FromBolehill, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 133
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. This address this letter was sent to is provided by an associated envelope. Schreiner stayed at Bolehill near Wirksworth from early to late July 1884, moved to Buxton for about ten days, and then returned to Bole Hill from mid August to early September 1884.
1^My bedroom^
2Sunday Afternoon.
3Sept ^Aug 31st^ 1884
5I have just got your Friday evening letter. It is very sweet to me.
6How strange you should have such a longing for music; the day you went
7I kept feeling “Oh if I could hear music, if I could hear music.” & I
8have been feeling more or less the same ever since.
10My heart, my sweet heart, has it got dull aching sensation! [bottom of
11page torn off]
13your Pocket Book? I think you will have to send a weekly copy of it to me.
15I am reading Lange History of Materialism. I like it very much It
16doesn’t exactly hinge in with my work somehow though. A notice of a
17terrible case at the Diamond Fields of abducting young girls for
18prostitution has much more fallen in with it. I haven’t been for a
19walk since you left except that once to Wirksworth. When I feel I
20can’t write any more I go & sit ^walk^ at the side of the house where we
21used to sit. Ach, Harry!
23Good night.
26I shall be at our Farm at 10 o’clock on Wednesday. I don’t hate
27Bakewell, Harry.
The book referred to is: Frederick Lange (1877) A History of Materialism London: Trubner. Draznin’s (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription. Cronwright-Schreiner’s (1924) extract is incorrect in various ways.