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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/1b-xvi
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 2 December 1884
Address FromAlexandra House, Denmark Place, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 238
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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. Dating this letter has followed Draznin (1992), who has treated it as enclosure sub-set with Schreiner's letter to Ellis of Wednesday 3 December 1884, which appears separately here. An associated envelope provides the address the letter was sent to. Schreiner was resident at two addresses in Hastings from the end of November 1884 to the end of April 1885.
3I am taking Powel’s Balsam of Aniseed. I am certainly better, I
4slept nearly all night. I don’t like to hope too soon but I think it
5is. ^better^ It funny that yesterday came suddenly to me such a longing
6to see Louie. Such a wish that she could come come & spend some days
7with me. I am going out today to try & get rooms. If I can, it would
8be so delightful if she could come, & spend a few days with me. I want
9some one to love me. Oh, I want that more than anything. I think if my
10heart were right my body would get right.
12^You can’t think what a comfort it is to me to think that Mrs Cobb is
13in Hastings though I don’t see her. My thoughts keep turning to that
14woman just because she is some living thing that I like I’m not
15going to die young Henry. I’m going to get well & work only you
16mustn’t wonder if I’m not well till^
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.