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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/FRAG/SofLg
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday 1 November 1884
Address From144 Marina, St Leonards, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 44; Draznin 1992: 196-7
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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 has been dated by reference to an associated envelope and its postmark, which also provides the address it was sent to. Schreiner was resident in St Leonards at different addresses from mid October 1884 to the end of April 1885.
1Sat night
3I have revised & made many little alterations in Remem. Now it is
4ready. How dreadfully it needed, but you know it isn’t meant to be
5carefully written, its just any how.
7I like Ben Jonson & Bartholemew Fair. You know the 16th & the 19th cen.
8 have the same spirit in them they answer back to each other in
11My Ellis, I feel so tender to you tonight. I want to see you. It will
12be a week next Monday. You must not mind my letters seeming cold my
13letters to my mother to Dadda to every one seem so now & my heart is
14so soft
'Remem' refers to Schreiner's 'Remembrances', which are incomplete and appear in Cronwright-Schreiner's The Life of Olive Schreiner London: Unwin. The reference is to: Ben Jonson (1780) A Descriptive Poem of Bartholemew Fair London: H. Turpin. 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.