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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/2b-xixHRC/CAT/OS/FRAG/NFPn
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 28 October 1884
Address From144 Marina, St Leonards, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsRive 1987: 54; Draznin 1992: 186-7
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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 is composed of a number of pages, which are now separated in the HRC collections as the result of pre-archiving happenstance. The letter has been dated by reference to an associated envelope and its postmark, which also provides the address it was sent to.
1144 Marina
2Tuesday Night
4I send Remembrances. I’ve not had time to copy it out. Please send it
5back ^soon^ as I shall have to revise it & send it off by the 4th.
7The letter you sent me this evening was nice to me, I sat by the
8window reading it.
10I don’t think I love you so much when I am alone as when other people
11are about you ^me.^ Then I hunger for you. I wonder why it is?
13If that sentence is kept in Miss H–’s article it makes the whole
14article bad. I send you Mrs. Walters letter. She doesn’t like ^much^
15your article, I can see, (the mere fact of you^r^ mentioning Hinton
16would cause that, she has such a horror of his ^actions^ views & disgust
17to his person) & she has set her heart so upon my loving Haycraft. ^She
18would love my boy if she knew him.^ What she says about sexual feeling
19is so absolutely true; & that ^(oddly enough)^ is one of the things I
20wanted to say to Miss H- in my letter last night in very nearly the
21same words.
23You don’t mean only to stay a few hours if you come, do you? I can get
24a bedroom for you just behind mine a nice one.
26I am better today.
28My sister-in-law is coming over to see Wilfred tomorrow. I don’t know
29if she is coming to see me.
31Have just got notes from Miss Müller & Miss Lord. Miss Lord seems to
32think it will all be arranged about “Ghosts.” If I were in town I
33should go to see Champion & beg him to publish it. He must.
35I am going to work hard at French. I should like to get a good book
36from the library with a translation What What shall I get? It is a
37bright clear night the storm has gone. I cook all my food here.
41^Your sister^
43I have opened my letter again just to say something, & now I don’t
44know what to say except that you mustn’t feel alone in the world. One
45other soul is walking with yours. I feel such fear that you might get
46to care for me too much, that explains the kind of quietness I show to
47you. You know Henry you don’t seem to me like another man you seem
48like part of myself How can I keep
50^you far from me.^
52^Don’t take too much bromide. You mustn’t lower yourself too much with
53it. Tell me about the dots. I am going to set my teeth together & work
54tomorrow come what will.^
Schreiner's 'Remembrances' are incomplete and appear in Cronwright-Schreiner's The Life of Olive Schreiner London: Unwin. Caroline Haddon's article was published anonymously: Anon (1884) The Future of Marriage London: Foulger. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription. Rive's (1987) version has been misdated, omits part of the letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.