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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/4a-vi
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date6 April 1887
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address Toc/o Dr Grey, Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 113; Draznin 1992: 432-3
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Legend
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 an associated envelope and its postmark, which also provides the address it was sent to.
1Alassio
2
3I’m going to send some more little allegories to send to papers
4It’s not waste of time writing them, because the come of themselves
5in a minutes. I like your letters. What have they been pitching into
6my little Chubb for?
7
8I hear there’s something of me in K.P. pamphlet at least there was
9in the MS. Mrs. Clifford says. He may have taken it out. Do you know
10its curious, that man is part of me. I don’t love him but we divide
11one drop of blood between us.
12
13I am getting a little stronger. “And forgive those we love their
14tresspasses as we forgive them that trespass against us” I always
15keep saying that to myself to make me still.
16
17My sex paper is purely scientific in principle It is an attempt to
18apply the theory of evolution to sex problem elucidating them.
19
20Olive
21
22^I like your letters so^
23
24^It is wild & windy here for three days now; rain pouring in torrents.
25But not like England like the Cape. Quite healthy. One feels^
26
27^inclined to run in it & sing!^
28
Notation
The allegories referred to cannot be traced, but they are likely to be among those published in Schreiner's Dreams. Schreiner's 'sex paper' was intended for the Men and Women?s Club but never completed. The pamphlet referred to is Karl Pearson (1887) Socialism and Sex London: W. Reeves, later included in his (1888) Ethic of Freethought London: T. Fisher Unwin. Draznin's (1992) version of this paper is in some respects different from our transcription. Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) extract includes material from a different letter and is also incorrect in various ways.