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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/2a-xvii
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date6 September 1884
Address FromBlackwell, Alfreton, Derbyshire
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 143
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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. This letter has been dated by reference to an associated envelope and its postmark, which also provides the address it was sent to. The start of the letter is now missing. Schreiner stayed in Alfreton for most of September 1884.
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3of your medicine now & after that try to eat something. I am in such a
4dim dream I hardly know what I am doing or writing.
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6I don’t want to give more than £1 for rooms, but if I could get very
7nice ones for 25/ or 30/ I wouldn’t mind.
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9I wonder if it would be good for me to stop in London, good for you,
10good for your work, good for your mind. I have a kind of feeling that
11it would not be, & yet I can’t explain why to myself. Can you? I want
12to be good for you, & I think I can be better far away writing to you
13than near you talking & interrupting your life. For me you are very
14good but I feel, I don’t know why that my desire sometimes to see you
15is purely a selfish one.
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17I am getting sick again & must go to lie down. It is just like board ship.
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19Your own Olive that would be yours still if she never saw you again
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Notation
Draznin’s (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.