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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/3a-xxi
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date18 November 1884
Address From144 Marina, St Leonards, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 45-6; Draznin 1992: 219-20
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The Project is grateful to the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. This letter has been dated by reference to an associated envelope and its postmark, which also provides the address it was sent to. Schreiner was resident in St Leonards at different addresses from mid October 1884 to the end of April 1885. The beginning and end of the letter are now missing.
1[page/s missing]
3I don’t know what her relationship to Frank was. I know that Ettie was
4in my mind when I drew her, & Ellie’s love to Theo. Not the woman of
5tallent the eloquent lecturer, but my soft hearted sister Ettie who
6used to stroke my hair. I had quite forgotten that there was such a
7character in the book.
9I’ve never looked at it you know since I wrote it. It’s not finished
10either, I left off in the middle of the last chapter, & tore up the
11half I had written I ought to have burnt it long ago, but the
12biographical element in it made me soft to it.
14[page/s missing]
A version of the letter appears in Draznin (1992). In Cronwright-Schreiner?s (1924) version, a preceding line is inserted: 'I quite forgot the part about Aunt Margaret'. Aunt Margaret is a character in Undine; Frank is a minor character in Undine (as well as this being the name of a major character in From Man to Man).