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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-83
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 14 February 1886
Address From5 Sea View Terrace, West Hill Road, Bournemouth, Dorset
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 93; Draznin 1992: 401
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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.
15 Sea View Terrace
2West Hill Rd
6Havelock, it was so strange when I got here last night I had such a
7longing for you, almost like a child wanting its mother, or a mother
8longing for its her child. I felt as if I must see you. It’s very
9funny. I haven’t longed to see anyone for months, not even my
10brother. I have only longed to be alone.
12I left Shanklin at 8.20. yesterday. got here at 12.30 & wandered about
13looking for rooms till 7.30. I have got one large room something like
14the one at St Leonards. I have taken it for a week to try.
16Please tell me if you are well & all about yourself. What a pity they
17won’t prosecute Hindman & Co! ^It would send socialism forward^ I only
18wish the Conservatives had been in. I’ll send you the Grosvenor book
19when I unpack it. I can just sea a little bit of the sea over the
20roofs. I’m not going to let
22^people send me mad any more by thinking they are miserable.^
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription. An extract appears in Cronwright-Schreiner (1924).