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Letter ReferenceHRC/UNCAT/OS-127
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date16 October 1888
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 143; Draznin 1992: 446
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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 information written onto it by Ellis.
1Alassio
2Italy
3
4Now I’ve got here the Hotel man has raised his prices though he said
5he wouldn’t & I shall either have to go or take a dirty little room.
6I’m in such a tired state I don’t know what to do. Please write to
7me sometimes. I can’t even see it is Alassio I long so for some
8human being to love me just a little Have you read Mrs. Wilson article
9on Marrige in Oct Freedom She quotes Ibsen. I can’t work.
10
11Olive
12
13You mustn’t be lazy my boy, you must work hard. You’ve got a
14wonderful life before you. You are young
15
16^I wrote this the other day & didn’t post it.^
17
Notation
Charlotte Wilson's (1888) article was in the anarchist publication Freedom but for conservation reasons the extant copy in the British Library cannot be accessed. 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.