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Letter ReferenceEdward Carpenter 359/38
ArchiveSheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 February 1889
Address FromHotel du Parc, Mentone, France
Address To
Who ToEdward Carpenter
Other VersionsRive 1987: 150-1
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.
1 Hotel du Parc
2 Mentone
3 Feb 5 / 89
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5 Thank you, Beautiful Boy, for your letter. Yes it’s all right, quite
6quite right. I send here a little thought that came into my mind this
7afternoon when I was walking up & down my room after I’d got your
8letter. I’ve got a most beautiful bit of sea from my window over the
9tops to the trees. It was dark blue to-day with little white horses of
10foam. There was a fall of snow the day before yesterday & all the
11mountains were ^are^ white. How I wish that you could see it, Boy, that
12loves the sunshine just as much as I do. It’s such beautiful, cold
13weather here.
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15 You must get out of England a bit this spring, Edward. You wouldn’t
16have done all the good work you’ve done this year if you hadn’t
17been here last winter. It’s not waste of time sitting in the sun.
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19 You must always stick up for Ellis if ever you hear anyone talk
20against him; he’s one of the quite purest, noblest souls, & people
21don’t understand him.
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23 Olive
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25 When are you going back to Sheffield? How happy you seem to have been
26making Alice & Louie Ellis. Please tell me if your stay in London has
27been nice.
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29 ^I don’t know why I always feel more drawn to ?Oats than any of your
30friends you’ve told me about.^
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32 ^Will send little dream another day. Olive.^
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Notation
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.