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ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date15 July 1884
Address FromBolehill, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 98-9
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. This letter is composed of a number of elements, which are now separated in the HRC collections as the result of pre-archiving happenstance, and it has been dated by reference to an associated envelope. Schreiner stayed at Bolehill near Wirksworth from early to late July 1884, moved to Buxton for about ten days, and then returned to Bole Hill from mid August to early September 1884.
1I have been reading Miss Jones’s letter again. I feel so sorry for
2her, but I feel so sorry for you I feel quite sore. When she says
3“you are of kin – whether Olive Schreiner is I don’t know” &c
4what does she mean? Of “kin” with Hinton, of “kin” with whom?
5I hope my darling has not been forgetful to her in her trouble. We
6must bring down our broad desire to help other people, & let it force
7itself down into the little tiny acts with regard to other people, as
8well as in our general thinking & working for their good. But I fancy
9you need less to be reminded of this than I do.
11Please write the names of some good books. I don’t know what to send
12for. Have you read the life of Ellen Watson? I wonder if it would help
13Miss Jones if I were to write to her a good deal, nice long letters,
14or if she would dislike it. What do you think
16Don’t let the thought of me keep you from going to see her, because
17you knew you are my own boy whatever you are doing. You must do
18what’s right, & what you feel you can.
20 [top of paper torn away] I have an idea now that what is the matter with
21me just now is hay-fever. I’ve never been just like this before. Do
22you know of any little quiet, country, sea side place near this part
23of England where I could go, & where you could come for your holiday?
24By the sea I am always so well, & I want to be so well when you are
25with me. This place is so beautiful & the quiet so sweet. I would like
26to live here always.
28 [top of paper torn away] good as I can [paper torn away] is best I left
29out those parts. I will make it best. You help me so.
31My Dadda writes to me some times, now & then a little note. You
32don’t know how good & thoughtful he is for me.
The book referred to is: Anna Buckland (1883) A Record of Ellen Watson London: Macmillan. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.