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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-35
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 11 May 1885
Address From30 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 72-3; Draznin 1992: 353-4
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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. This letter has been dated by reference to information written onto it by Ellis. Schreiner stayed for just over a week at Downshire Hill in early May 1885.
1Monday
2
3Forty one was the number. I am going there tomorrow afternoon if I can
4& to see Mrs Hinton. I feel so well now I’ve been in the London air.
5I enjoyed today. It will be nearer you there some how.
6
7I am going to try & work. Enclose letter from Mrs. Hinton
8
9Ach you aren’t like that thing at the National. You are so beautiful
10to me.
11Olive
12
13Give my love to our old Louie. I hope your father’s better. You must
14try to work; your Olive doesn’t help her loved one. From Broad St I
15came in the train with a man exactly like my father
16
17O.S.
18
19Evening Philip came this afternoon, He says he wants ^me^ to stay to the
201st of June. He is going to invite some people again to meet me.
21Theodor Watts, Ro Swinburne, Moore &c, &c. I will tell him to ask you
22if I go. I don’t like to go to any place without you now I didn’t
23mind a bit when I was here before, now you are part of my life. While
24Philip was here came a lady from dear Mrs. Hinton with such a pretty
25daughter
, A Mrs Bale. She says she is going to try & get rooms for me
26up on the hill here. She & her daughter kissed me so lovingly when
27they went a way. They had read S.A.F.
28
29Goodnight, my sweet.
30Olive
31
32I feel better tonight I won’t take more bromide.
33
Notation
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription. Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) extract is incorrect in various ways.