"Trying to help Will Schreiner politically; I want 'She wrote Peter Halket' on my grave; it's what it cost me" Read the full letter
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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/2a-xii
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 4 September 1884
Address FromBlackwell, Alfreton, Derbyshire
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 138-9
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
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. This letter has been dated by reference to an associated envelope and its postmark, which also provides the address it was sent to. Schreiner stayed in Alfreton for most of September 1884.
1Thursday morning.
2
3It is funny that man should have told your character so nearly.
4
5Thankyou for the prescription.
6
7The landlady came in this morning & I agreed with her to remain paying
8her more. But this room is so damp I don’t think I shall be able to
9slay more than two weeks.
10
11You might as well still send my letter to Eleanor. You can get A’s
12address from Fulger or someone. & if you do happen to be in the North
13& see apartment to let you might take the address. I don’t want to
14give more than from 12/- to £1 for my rooms. I think somewhere at
15Hampstead I might have gone nice rooms if I had looked out when I was
16in London Now if I do come it will be only be for a week on my way to
17St Leonards or Ventnor (unless I could find such quite airy rooms that
18I could work in them).
19
20Henry I keep getting dizzy. I hardly know what I’m writing I do feel
21so ill.
22
23Don’t miss writing to me just now because your letters are the one
24thing I look to. Thank you for the names of the flowers. [bottom of
25page torn off]
26
27^I’m so glad you are better, my sweet.^
28
Notation
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.