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Letter ReferenceEdward Carpenter 359/29
ArchiveSheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date15 December 1888
Address FromHotel du Pavillon, Mentone, France
Address To
Who ToEdward Carpenter
Other VersionsRive 1987: 143-4
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
Legend
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.
1 Hotel du Pavillon
2 Mentone
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4 Dear Edward Carpenter,
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6 Will you please send me back Mrs Bland’s letter. You will forgive me
7I know for having spoken to her of you; but indeed it was not my fault.
8 A dear old Swede has just been to say goodbye to me. Such a beautiful
9childlike nature, a huge strong man with the pure heart of a little
10child. He wanted me to marry him. Edward, life is very funny isn’t
11it? We are all so thirsty, & there is plenty of water, & the water all
12goes wrong! I am glad your civilization article will soon be out.
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14 I’m glad Adams gets on with his painting.
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16 All good be with you all. Isn’t this place beautiful.
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18 I shall be quite alone now in this big house with only a Russian who
19can’t speak a word of English. Do you know I should like to go to
20Sweden. I love those simple child natures so, the Swedish people, have
21a somewhat of the child & nature in them that others have lost.
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23 All strength & joy be with you, dear old poet.
24 Olive
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26 A happy Xmas to you all.
27 OS
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Notation
Carpenter's 'civilization article' is: Edward Carpenter (n.d.) Cruelties of Civilization London: Reeves. It later appeared as Edward Carpenter (1889) 'Civilisation: Its Cause and Cure' Pioneer January 1889. Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter.