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Letter ReferenceAutograph Letters Collection: Alys Pearsall Smith ALC/7/3/6
ArchiveNational Women's Library, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: 7 June 1889 ; Before End: 28 June 1889
Address FromLadies Chambers, Chenies Street, Camden, London
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 month and year have been written on the letter in an unknown hand. The date is derived from when Schreiner received a response to the request in the letter, recorded in a letter of 29 June 1889. She moved to Chenies Street around 7 June 1889.
1 Ladies' Chambers
2 Chenies St
3 W.C.
5 Dear Alys Smith,
7 I'm going to ask you a great favour. I'm showing great trust in you by
8doing it, because I only ask because I feel sure that if you could not
9^help me^ you would not mind telling me.
11 There's that girl I told you about when we were in the Riviera. She's
12got to pay the her fees &c for entering on her medical work. She'll
13have some money in October but just now she is terribly in need of
14some. I've only been able to lend her £10 & she still needs £25. I
15was wondering whether you could from any where get the £25 & lend it
16her till October. I'll undertake to see it's returned anyhow. She's
17such a wonderful girl with such fine abilities I couldn't bear her to
18give up. I could get the money at once from my dear old brother who
19delights to give me anything, but he would give it only for my sake,
20he doesn't take a bit of interest in woman & their work. If you can't
21please don't mind saying so because I can ask many other woman only
22I'd rather ask anything from you than from any one else.
24 Yours affectly
25 Olive Schreiner
27 I'll tell you all about her when you come next.