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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/5b-ii
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 24 April 1916
Address FromAlexi, 31 The Park, Hampstead, London
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 509
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
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 Draznin (1992), who has done so by reference to a version in the Lafitte Letters typescript in the British Library.
231 The Park
6Dear old Havelock
8I went yesterday to see Edith.
10Oh Havelock, it was terrible. I was quite unprepared for it. It was
11one of the most awful experiences in my life. Ed Carpenter came &
12three o’clock & then I soon left. Dear, I wrote you a long letter of
13five sheets ^last night^ but I tore it up again. But I’d like to see
14you for half an hour. I could meet you any afternoon at 4.30 at Lyons
15coffee if you would write in time.
17Oh Havelock as I looked at her & heard her raving, I thought
18“another wreck of Hintonism.” Surely that one man’s poor feeble
19disordered brain, ^& his sexual passions.^ has been has been a curse & a
20blight to his fellows beyond human words. Yet one can feel but pity of
21him, because he was mad from the time he began to deal with sex.
23Good bye, dear.
26I am going to lunch with Lady Low today, & shall hear what she feels
27about Edith.
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.