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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-96
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date13 May 1886
Address FromSt Dominic?s Convent, Mutrix Road, Kilburn, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 98; Draznin 1992: 415
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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.
1Sweet Boy, your precious little letter has come. I wonder if you got
2the letter I sent to Earlswood on Sunday. Dear one, I am near you deep
3down, it’s only on the surface. I am somehow dead to all the outer
4world when I’m in this state, much more dead to Donkin & my brother
5& Pearson than to you. I can’t help it.
7It’s so rainy for you this afternoon to go & meet M Field. I hope
8it’ll be nice.
10My legs are so bad. I don’t feel at all well. Old Von Hartmann says
11all kinds of things I thought were such original ideas of mine.
13I had such a nice letter from K P. this morning which I send. I
14won’t see anyone any more for the next two or three months till my
15books done.
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.