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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/1a-vii
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date12 May 1884
Address From7 Pelham Street, Kensington, London
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 19; Draznin 1992: 49
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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. The address this letter was sent to is provided by an associated envelope.
117 Pelham Street
2South Kensington
3May 12 / 84
4
5My dear Mr. Ellis,
6
7I have not got your letter. I found the House at 5 Harrington Rd. in a
8terrible condition & all the people drunk. The woman seized hold of me
9& would not let me have my luggage removed till I had paid her 30 /-,
10though I had only been 5 minutes in the house. I am quite sure they
11will have torn up any letters that came for me. I am very much
12troubled about it. I hope there was nothing in Hinton’s hand-writing
13in it ^(your letter)^ I am going to the house this morning to ask, but I
14know it will be fruitless. I don’t know in which part of London I
15shall settle. Until Friday this will be my new address, & I will let
16you know the new one.
17
18Olive Schreiner
19
20P.S. What a splendid fellow Carpenter must be. I have just been
21reading his article in “Today” It expresses what I feel so exactly
22that I seem to feel as if I had written myself. What kind of man is
23her? I think
24
Notation
Schreiner has mistakenly given her address as 17, instead of 7, Pelham Street. The reference is to Edward Carpenter's (1884) 'England?s Ideal' To-Day May 1884. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects differs from our transcription. Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) version is incorrect in minor ways.