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Letter ReferenceAutograph Letters Collection: Alys Pearsall Smith ALC/7/3/1
ArchiveNational Women's Library, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Monday May 1888 ; Before End: June 1888
Address FromRoseneath, Harpenden, Hertfordshire
Address To
Who ToAlys Pearsall Smith m. Russell (1894)
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The Project is grateful to the National Women's Library, London, for allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Autograph Collections. The date has been written on the letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in Harpenden from early July to September 1888. The letter was written immediately before another letter to Pearsall Smith dated 2 July 1888, the content of which follows this, and thus its dating.
1 Roseneath
2 Harpenden
3 Herts
4 Monday
6 My dear Miss Smith
8 I'm so glad to hear you've come to live in England. I want very much
9to see you, but I very seldom go out. Since my illness the year before
10last I knock up so soon. Couldn't you come to Harpenden to see me?? It
11would be so nice for me. It's only 45 minutes from St. Pancras,
12there's a good quick train at 2.15 p.m. & plenty back. I live in a
13little tiny cottage, quite by myself, close to the station, not two
14minutes walk.
16 Please remember me very cordially to your mother & father & thank them.
17 If I went anywhere I should like to come to you.
19 I am going back again to Italy in nine or ten weeks, & in the winter
20to Egypt. Have you ever been there? The climate must be so lovely.
22 How is Mrs. Costelloe's lovely baby? It it must be delightful to be
23next door to it, & able to see it every day.
25 Have you one of those likenesses of yourself in your cap & gown of
26which you said you might give me one?
28 Yours very faithfully
29 Olive Schreiner
31 ^You know I haven't a servant & live in a most savage way, you have to
32come in at the kitchen door. It's so pleasant, I hardly want to go
33back to Italy.^