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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Havelock Ellis 2006.29/12
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date18 October 1886
Address From9 Blandford Square, Paddington, London
Address To98 Earlsbrook Road, Earlswood, Surrey
Who ToHavelock Ellis
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Legend
The Project is grateful to the National English Literary Museum (NELM) for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. The date has been derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, although this is not fully legible; the envelope also provides the address the letter was sent to. The Howard Hinton bigamy trial in which Mrs Weldon was correspondent took place in late October 1886, providing the year the letter was written. Schreiner was resident in Blandford Square from early October to mid December 1886, when she left London for Europe.
1 This trial affair is so terrible; they are all so false. What a
2terrible deadly thing that Hinton theory is, like a ?upas tree
3blighting all it comes in contact with because it is false to human
4nature.
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6 I saw John Falk on Friday. I am going to get Mrs Weldon to stay here
7till the trial & I am going to to sit with her at hi it.
8
9 Do you know I can't help hating Mrs Howard Hinton. She is the only one
10I can't feel sorry for. Poor Howard looked so beautiful when he went
11into the prisoner's dock. They say he will likely only get a few days
12-& then
13
14^I can't think about anything else.
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16 Olive^
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