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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/3a-ii
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 3 November 1884
Address From144 Marina, St Leonards, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 200
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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 was resident in St Leonards at three addresses from mid October 1884 to the end of April 1885.
1Monday Morning
2
3My friend,
4
5When will I have conquered my heart & subdued it utterly. Not until death
6
7I want your I would be interested to see Miss Jones’s letter, if you
8don’t think she would think it a breach of confidence to show it me.
9If she asks me about my relation ship to you when she is here I shall
10tell her simply that it is no conceivable business of hers, & that I
11look upon her inquiries as an act of impertinence. Give my love to our
12dear old Louie. ^& thank her for her letter.^ Go on with that article
13
14I wish they had medical books at the London. I can’t read books like
15Buckle & Historical ^or^ technical scientific works now. They I take me
16too far away from my work. Medical & psychological study are is merely
17the study of the same thing from two side, & the one pours its light
18upon the other.
19
20Good bye, my Henry, my comfort, my friend.
21Olive
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23Henry, why is it that when I think of one subject I get this strange
24wild agony at the top of my head? A physical feeling. Nothing else
25gives it me. If it were to get worse at any time I know that that
26would be madness.
27
Notation
The book referred to is: Thomas Buckle (1857) History of Civilization in England London: J.W. Parker & Son. Draznin’s (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.