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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/5b-ix
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 26 March 1916
Address FromAlexi, 31 The Park, Hampstead, London
Address ToRose Cottage, Carbis Water, Cornwall
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 504
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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. Dating this letter has followed an associated envelope and its postmark, which also provides the address it was sent to.
2The Park
6Dear old Havelock
8I’m always thinking of Edith. I do think a few week’s of complete
9quiet & rest will restore her; but she must not put fresh strain on
10herself. She was so sweet & kind to me when I was so ill last year;
11the only person who was; and brought her friend Mrs Mrs Jacoby to see
12me, & did all she could for me; and I seem able to do nothing for her.
13I think that wretched writing about Hinton must have been a great
14strain on her; dealing with Hinton & his work is always like living in
15a lunatic asylum, for any one. She ought never to touch wine or
16stimulants of any kind. People who the moment they touch any kind of
17stimulant feel dull & sleepy, are not nervously stimulated by them,
18but those whose nervous activity & even brilliance they increase ought
19never to take them because it wears their nerves out. One half glass
20of wine makes me feel dull & stupid at once & takes all my mental
21activity from me.
23But Edith I fancy is one of those whose brain activity it heightens, -
24as tea & coffee do mine - & so one may get more mental activity out of
25oneself than one ought. I am anxious about you too, about your money
26cares. Illness costs so terribly much. I do hope the cottage is let. I
27do hope you’ll be able just to drop me a line to tell me how she is
28She struck me even before she went to America the first time as being
29so terribly over wrought. Has any good doctor seen her. Is it not
30perhaps some trouble with the kidneys.
32The weather is terrible here; this morning it seemed going to be fine:
33but all day it has blown & snowed again.
35Good bye dear. I hope you keep well.
38Don’t trouble about it, but if by any chance you know of a man in
39London who is a good mouth & nose specialist – one who has all the
40latest aperatus for examining the mouth & Nos nose & seeing what lies
41behind the pallet palate please just put his name & address on a card.
42– Not that horrible man that Edith went to!! The continuous gnawing
43pain in my face is what keeps me from
45^feeling better Olive^
47^This has been one of the most depressing days I’ve known in my life.
48I’m so seldom “depressed” whatever happens. If I were
49superstitious I would think something awful has happened to Cron or in
50Europe. But of course the first days when you get out of bed are
51always a little trying. You want to do things & can’t OS^
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.