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Letter ReferenceLytton 01229/5
ArchiveLytton Family Papers, Knebworth
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: 1 June 1893 ; Before End: 18 June 1893
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToConstance Lytton
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The Project is grateful to the Knebworth House Archive (www.knebworthhouse.com) for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter to Lady Constance Lytton, which is part of the Knebworth collections. The letter has been dated by reference to content and when Schreiner stayed in Chester Square during her May to September 1893 sojourn in Britain; Constance Lytton’s appointments diary notes that Schreiner arrived in Chester Square on Monday 19 June 1893.
1Dear Conny I send you a letter which I want you to read. I got it last
2night. Show it to unreadable Adela or not, as you think best. It ends
3in a characteristic way without any name.
5Please do just as you think right about showing it. I’m writing to him
6today, & telling him I’m going to show it her &c.
8If you think best return it to me, & don’t mention it to her.
10I shall be staying at 61 Chester Sq from next Monday, for one week.
11Will it not be possible for you to come & see me there. It’s so near
12you. I shall have a nice little sitting-room to myself, where I can
13have my friends all alone.
The emphasised ‘you’ in line 5 of this letter is underlined twice.