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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/2b-xi
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 20 October 1884
Address From144 Marina, St Leonards, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 42; Draznin 1992: 168
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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 final insertion is on the envelope.
1144 Marina
4Such a glorious bright sunny morning You would like it if you were
5here. Tell them ^to^ address the books here. I gave New College because
6that is my only permanent address.
8On Saturday Wilfred came to see me & I walked back to the school with
9him (which is about two miles from this) When I was walking back in
10the dark along the sea wall I the electric lamps were shedding such a
11strange light on the water, & all was so still & wonderful, & such a
12strange longing for you came to me; to have you there, with me. I
13don’t know how it was. I am much better in mind & body, & am going to
14work today. Write a little bit for my brother’s book Give my love to
15Eddee & to our Louie. Write me out a list of all your birthdays on a
16bit of paper
18Your own
21My rooms are so close to the sea that I feel as if I was on board ship.
22 I haven’t seen any human creature since I came here except Wilfred.
24^Couldn’t we get the Blue Books at the London?^
Schreiner’s ‘Blue Book’ reference is to the government report or ‘Blue Book’ on the workings of the Contagious Diseases Acts 1864, 1867, 1869. 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.