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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-92
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday 1 May 1886
Address FromSt Dominic?s Convent, Mutrix Road, Kilburn, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 413
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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 lived at St Dominic?s Convent in Kilburn from early April to mid May 1886.
3I send Field’s letter. It's so beautiful to think of you at
4Earleswood. We must tell me where you walk because I know now. I’m
5so glad I saw the Common. I’m going to try & keep awake & write
6to-day but the asthma kept me up. unreadable “And I besought the
7Lord thrice it might depart from me. And he said unto me. ‘My grace
8is sufficient for thee.’”
10I like to write lovingly about every one. I don’t like to write
11about people like Veronica.
13Your own
16When is your birthday & Louies. I think yours comes now. I’ve lost
17my book. I can’t remember dates.
Veronica is one of the characters in From Man to Man. Schreiner's quotation is from Matthew 25, 41 in the Bible. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.