"Colossal evil threatening South Africa, Boer society hidebound" Read the full letter
Collection Summary | View All |  Arrange By:
< Prev |
Viewing Item
of 586 | Next >
Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/1a-xxxiHRC/CAT/OS/1a-xxxiii
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 6 July 1884
Address FromAspley Guise, Woburn, Bedfordshire
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 27; Rive 1987: 44-5; Draznin 1992: 80-1
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
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.
1Aspley Guise
2Sun-day
3
4Yes, you must write to me everyday, when you want, & then let a week
5or ten days go without writing when you want not. If I feel wanting a
6letter badly I will write & ask you for one. And when I want a little
7love, expressed love, I will write & ask for that too. Sometimes I can
8do without it but some-times I need it.
9
10My address in Derbyshire will be c/o Mrs. ^Job^ Walker
11Bole Hill
12near Wirksworth.
13
14I would like to have your critical judgment of my mind or rather of my
15work, which is really me.
16
17What did you think of New Rush. You haven’t told me, & I won’t
18tell you what I think of it till you have. Do you think it would be
19right of me to publish it? I think not.
20
21I will like to see the Indian Review.
22
23Henry, there are some things you have said in your letter that are so
24sweet to me, they keep breaking into my mind so sweetly.
25
26When will I have the diary?
27
28I can’t write many things that I would say.
29
30After reading your article about Hinton last night I thought about him,
31 & at last I am coming to a true critical judgment. I will Good bye
32till tomorrow. Olive
33
34I treasure up all those things you said to me though I don’t say
35anything about them.
36
37Henry, I am going to lie down on my little bed in the corner.
38
Notation
The Ellis publications referred to are: Havelock Ellis (1884) 'Hinton?s Later Thought' Mind July 1884; and (1884) 'Recent English Fiction' Indian Review September 1884. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is different in some respects from our transcription, as is Rive's (1987). The extract in Cronwright-Schreiner (1924) includes material from a different letter and is also incorrect in various ways.