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Letter ReferenceElisabeth Cobb 840/1/3
ArchiveUniversity College London Library, Special Collections, UCL, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date19 January 1885
Address From4 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToElisabeth Cobb nee Sharpe
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Legend
The Project is grateful to University College London (UCL) and its Library Services for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections.
1 4 Robertson Terrace
2 Hastings
3 Jan 19th 1885
4
5
6 My dear Mrs Cobb
7
8 Thank you very much for your letters. I think I quite understand what
9you said about that lecture. I think that the effect that friend has
10upon friend is very often, not that they give any new idea, but that
11they call into activity the ideas that are latent in their mind.
12Thanks for letting me send the MS to Mrs Walters. I send the P.C. she
13has just sent. I let you know what she says in her long letter. Of all
14my women friends she is the one I feel nearest to me. There are other
15people I love more but she & Henry Ellis always seem like parts of my
16own nature living away from me. They are the only people for whom I
17have that kind of feeling. Have you ever had it for anyone I wonder.
18It is such a restful kind of friendship. You know they can’t go away
19from you because it’s what you naturally are & what they naturally
20are that binds you.
21
22 I hope you are better now. I am worse. I cannot leave my room.
23Sometimes it comforts one so to think what little things we
24humanbeings are. It doesn’t matter about one’s work after all,
25someone else will do it. That makes one able to be so quiet.
26
27 I get plenty of stamps every week, & shall like to send some.
28
29 Yes, it is nice that men & women are beginning to grow nearer to
30eachother. The old state of affairs seems to me more & more just like
31a disease.
32
33 I hope you have got the M.S. safely. Couldn’t you get Mr Pearson to
34publish it merely for private circulation? I must write & learn about
35"Ghosts."
36
37 Very sincerely yours
38 Olive Schreiner
39
40 Please excuse want of clearness every thing is very hazy to me.
41
Notation
The lecture on Hamerling by Pearson was given at Cambridge for a conference on 'Moral teachers of the present day' on 30 April 1885, and he had given a manuscript copy to Elisabeth Cobb. See also Robert Hamerling (1882) Amor und Psyche Leipzig: n.p. On 'Ghosts', see Henrik Ibsen (1881) Ghosts (trans. Henrietta Frances Lord) London: Griffith, Farran & Co.