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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Havelock Ellis 2006.29/3
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 12 December 1885
Address From9 Blandford Square, Paddington, London
Address To3 Norwood Villas, Earlswood, Surrey
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 88
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
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. Schreiner was resident in Blandford Square from the end of November 1885 to mid January 1886, when she left London for the Isle of Wight.
1 Friday night
2
3 I feel so tired to night. Have been crying I thought I'd forgotten how
4to cry.
5
6 Good night my comfort
7
8 Olive
9
10 I shall come to New Life. It would be nice if Page could come.
11
12 O.S
13
14
Notation
This letter is written in the margins of a letter from Havelock Ellis, as follows:

My dear Miss Schreiner

Mr Malloy unreadable asked me to forward you / enclosed card. I am going & Miss ?C. Haddon & Mrs ?Castlebury are to be there. She has a flat near the B. Museum. If you thought of going I would arrange to meet you, we could call for you or we could drive there together. I think you do not patronise unreadable at that ?corner omnibuses are very empty, & Bayswater ones are very nice. They leave for town at unreadable street from which Gt. Ormond St. is only a few minutes walk.

Will you come to / theatre some night next week? Send me a card soon.

Yours ever truly
& affectionately.

27 Perham Road
S.W.
Dec. 10

Do not put West Kensington on yr letter - S.W. is unreadable & safer from unreadable post.

The version of Schreiner's letter in Cronwright-Schreiner (1924) is incorrect in a range of respects.