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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-65
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday 22 August 1885
Address From16 Portsea Place, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 80; Draznin 1992: 376-7
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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 information written onto it by Ellis. Schreiner was resident at Portsea Place from mid August to late October 1885.
1Saturday Morning
3My Havelock, I thought about you so much in bed last night. Sweet
4comrade, you mustn’t feel life blank like I do.
6I wish I had asked to come here today to see Mrs. Walters Perhaps you
7will think of it yourself. I took cold again & don’t know if I will
8be able to go to the Dem. I won’t if it doesn’t get fine. Doctor
came yesterday afternoon for a few minutes. I think he is going
10out in the country to day.
12Your little comrade.
15If you are made unhappy by the thought of my marrying that needn’t
16be, because I shall never marry anyone, all such
18^love is never for me.^
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.