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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-72
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 17 September 1885
Address From16 Portsea Place, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 81; Draznin 1992: 382
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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.
1Tuesday 1.30.
3Oh my baby isn’t coming, & I put on my clean blue dress & did my
4hair. I got some rumpsteak & I’ve just been out & got half a cold
5lovely watermelon. I thought I’d I feed a hot baby with it, but now
6he hasn’t come. I shan’t put on my clean blue dress tomorrow, & I
7shan’t do my hair! Are you ill, “heart-aar”? Why didn’t you
8come? I would have liked so if you had. I got up early & got a heap of
9work done that I might be quite clear.
11Moore came yesterday evening I’ll tell you about it when you come
13^I’m so tired of writing^
15Your Olive
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.