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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-157
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date24 September 1884
Address FromBlackwell, Alfreton, Derbyshire
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 149
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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. Schreiner stayed in Alfreton for most of September 1884.
1My sweet love,
2
3I had been thinking of you all this morning as I lay awake. My Harry,
4my Harry. Come to me tomorrow morning a little but you mustn’t
5trouble to look for rooms. Your Olive puts both her arms round you &
6puts your head close to her & wants you to forgive her that she
7isn’t tender to you
8
9Olive
10
11^Not well but will try to go out & look at some rooms this morning^
12
Notation
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.