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Letter ReferenceEdward Carpenter 359/27
ArchiveSheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date11 November 1888
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToEdward Carpenter
Other VersionsRive 1987: 143
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The Project is grateful to the Sheffield Archives, Sheffield Libraries, Archives and Information Services, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Archive Collections. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner stayed in Alassio from late October 1887 to February 1888 and from early April to May 1888.
1 Thou ?wert right & not right about the article. I should not have
2mentioned unreadable ^a^ friend’s name. I’ve tried three times to
3write of Englands Ideal & I found I couldn’t. There seems to me
4something immodest in praising your own work, & I so entirely
5appropriate my friends’ writings that I can never write of them.
6However I lent Mrs Wilson the Ethic of Free thought which she had not
7seen, & pointed out to her the great value of it &c his & how Mrs
had simple built up on his ideas. I quite agree with all she
9says. She is now at Lugano ordered there by the Doctor. I have written
10to ask her to come on here if she can for a few days, that I may love
11her a little.
13 I hope ^unreadable^ George is better. It must have been nice to be with
14him when he was not well, & take care of him.
16 Good bye.
18 I think I am conquering. Things look very grey, even the sky & sea
19don’t seem as bright coloured as they used to be last year, but
20every thing is very peace-ful ^& I am happy.^ I saw at Mrs Casey’s a
21portrait of a young man, & then I realized or rather saw, what I had
22long known; how the older man is a residue left after much struggling,
23not simply a thing so born.
25 My dear little Alice is working hard. I have got her to resolve to be
26a doctor. I am going to try to get her out here in the spring. You
27never saw the best of her. Isn’t Ellis’s Ibsen ^?vol^ splendid!
29 I heard before I left England that Mr Pearson had been dangerously ill
30with bronchitis on the continent; & three people who saw him after his
31return said he looked ill & pale, & had a cough. If it should chance
32that you hear anything of his health you might let me know but don’t
33trouble about it?
35 O.S.
37 ^I may be going to Mentone in a couple of months time, but I fancy
38it’s not easy to live so cheaply there as here is.^
Schreiner's article which Carpenter was 'right and not right' about cannot be established. The books referred to are: Edward Carpenter (1887) England’s Ideal, and other papers on social subjects London: Swann Sonnenschein & Co.; Karl Pearson (1888) The Ethic of Freethought: A Selection of essays and lectures London: T. Fisher Unwin. Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.