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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/5b-iv
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date13 January 1916
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 499-500
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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. In the absence of other information, dating this letter has followed Draznin (1992), who has done so by reference to a version in the Lafitte Letters typescript in the British Library.
1Dear Havelock
2
3I met Lady Low the other night, had dinner there She was so glad to
4have met you.
5
6We are having wonderful weather here, cold & frosty with a little
7sunshine & now & then a shower, but I delight in it. The air is so
8free of germs. I feel much happier than I did this time last year,
9because the war seems so much more hopeful. I don’t think it can go on
10more than another year, & may end suddenly. What a fine stand some of
11the Germans are making. I wonder what our working men will do here.
12
13Give my love to dear Edith. I wish she wasn’t writing about Hinton.
14He’s not worth writing about. If one told the truth it would be too
15cruel to his des-cendants & if one lies – well, lies aren’t worth
16telling!
17
18Send back the enclosed
19
20A large deputation of us about 60 went to the house of Commons to meet
21Sir John Simons & the other M.P. who are against cons-cription. It was
22interesting
23
24Good bye
25Olive
26
27A man may be made, as Hinton was, & yet his actions & theories be
28quite sane on the points on which he sets up to be a moral ^or
29intellectual^ teacher.
30
31A man might he quite mad on sexual matters, but the part of his brain
32with which he works at chemistry be quite right. Of course at the end
33I think
34
35^Hinton was mad all round^
36
37Olive
38
Notation
The book ‘Edith’s writing on Hinton’ eventuated in: Mrs Havelock (Edith) Ellis (1918) Three Modern Seers London: Stanley, Paul & Co. Draznin’s (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.