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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Havelock Ellis 2006.29/14
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 11 September 1914
Address From30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington, London
Address ToThe Old House, Speen, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 338
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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 of this letter is provided by the postmark on an attached envelope, with the address it was sent to on its front.
1 30 St Mary Abbott's Terrace
2 Kensington
3 Friday
4
5 Dear old Havelock
6
7 I went to Eastbourne yesterday. It was too sad.
8
9 I came back in the evening. All the ghosts of my dead youth sat about
10me. The grave is on a Hill side from the town.
11
12 I am going down to Margate & Ramsgate tomorrow to try & find a room
13there.
14
15 It seems they are going to begin attacking the Germans in South Africa,
16 the farmers who have never done anything to us, who were so kind to
17our prisoners when they escaped to Germany. There seems to me to be no
18gratitude in the world; no remembrance of the past.
19
20 I may yet get my little flat in Chelsea but it can't be for two weeks.
21
22 I hope Edith is better.
23
24 Olive
25
26 ^Do you see the Labour Leader? Its the only paper that is standing out
27The other papers all refused to take Vernon Lee's & Bertrand Russels
28articles.
29
30 Why has one always to stand alone? Why can one never go with the tide
31of the mob?^
32
Notation
Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) version of this letter is incorrect in a range of respects.