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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Havelock Ellis 2006.29/10
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 21 September 1886
Address FromThe Convent, Harrow
Address To98 Earlsbrook Road, Earlswood, Surrey
Who ToHavelock Ellis
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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 The Convent
2 Harrow
3 Monday night
5 I am looking out for a word from you. I've been out to the post today
6& feel better. I mean to set my teeth & work tomorrow. I must at least
7finish Jan van der Linden's wife if I don't finish anything else. I am
8going into Town as soon as I am able to see if I can find cheap
9lodgings anywhere. I mean to try round Manchester Square.
11 If I finish Jan & get £5 for it I'll come in. I love the story. I
12haven't written it the least bit for money other wise I couldn't sell
13it. Has Chapman paid you yet? I am quite sure he never will.
15 I have just heard of a new villany of Aveling. He did poor Mrs
16?Guiggenberger out of £10 or so, & she is very poor. He & my Chapman
17are just of the same kind. I think there are many capitalist sweaters
18who are not so bad because they do it unconsciously.
20 Good night my comrade
21 Olive
The 'Jan' which Schreiner writes about finishing is the never completed or else destroyed 'Jan van der Linden's Wife'.