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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-49HRC/UNCAT/OS-50
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date18 June 1885
Address From41 Upper Baker Street, Marylebone, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 361-2
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
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 was resident in Upper Baker Street for the last part of May and June 1885.
1My Havelock, I have just got home; it has been very delightful today.
2The moment you had left me I wanted you back so. Ach, I shan’t see
3you till Friday. I think I would like so to stroke your hair. I am
4just going to have my bath & get straight into bed. I am nicely tired.
5I wish I had something to give you, I wish I could do something for
6you. I wish I was much nobler & greater than I am. Work while your
7lazy comrade is away.
11will think of the little room at Anerley where she always pictures her
14Friday night
17My darling, darling comrade, what would I do without you
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter differs in some respects from our transcription.