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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-76
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date8 October 1885
Address From16 Portsea Place, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 384
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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.
1My Havelock,
3Mrs. Cobb & Karl Pearson have gone. I think I haven’t wanted to so
4before as this evening When Pearson & Mrs. Cobb were here, it seemed
5to me the tears kept burning in my eyes, & wanting to fall when I
6thought of you; & you went away without any dinner & you went a way
7with a sad aching heart, & what had there been to rest you or make you
8happy here. I want to put my arms round you. ach, Harry.
10Good night, treasure friend my own old brother soul, the one
11humanbeing really near me
14I want to know about our woman article. Have you heard?
'Our woman article' could be Ellis's review of Bebel's book: Havelock Ellis (1884) 'Book review of Die Frau' To-day October 1884. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.