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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/3b-v
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 5 December 1884
Address FromAlexandra House, Denmark Place, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 244
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
Legend
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. TThis 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 at two addresses in Hastings from the end of November 1884 to the end of April 1885.
1Friday night
2
3I am just going to bed. I feel my self excited when I think of our
4criticism article going to the Fortnightly. I hope you are up to your
5own mark. Give your thoughts up as much as you can to that little
6little Australian thing. Miss Jones came here this morning, this
7afternoon I went to see Mrs Cobb. I like her, but she isn’t equal to
8Mrs Walters. No woman is.
9
10Harry, I am beginning to breathe so easily. I think Hastings is much
11better than St. Leonards. I am not sure about Montreux. If I can get
12well here I won’t go. To-day out side the air was warm like summer.
13I can lie down quuite flat. Oh, I am so thankful to be better. Has
14Powell’s Balsam of Aniseed got Laudnum in it. It sends me to sleep
15as soon as I take it & yet doesn’t make my head ache. I will send
16back that book & the other. I was very interested in the nervous
17diseases. I am going to work tomorrow hard.
18
19Good night, my comrade. You are so near to me when I lie awake in the
20night. But some how I can’t see your
21
22^face clearly. It seems so misty to me^
23
24Olive
25
Notation
The 'Australian thing' is Ellis's projected book, (1922) Kanga Creek Waltham St Lawrence: Golden Cockerell Press. Ellis's criticism article is: Havelock Ellis (1885) 'The Present Position of English Criticism' Time December 1885. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.