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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/2a-vii
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 27 August 1884
Address FromBolehill, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 127-8
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 has been dated by reference to an associated envelope and its postmark, which also provides the address it was sent to.
1Boll Hill
2Wednesday Night.
4It seems so long since this morning days & days.
6Now Mr & Mrs Walker have gone to bed in your room & am sitting here at
7my little table. ?I ?wonder unreadable You have had a wet cold day for
8your journey. I’m afraid you were very tired when you got home. It has
9rained here all day.
11Mrs. Walker asked me this afternoon if I was engaged to you. I said,
12no. I haven’t been able to write this afternoon so I have done ever so
13much needle work Tomorrow I am going to get up early & work. I feel so
14happy in mind, only this afternoon when I looked out at the window I
15saw a man on the road from Wirksworth with a black bag in his band & a
16black hat, & tall, & it made it seem somehow as if you ought to be
17coming. I didn’t like it. I feel much less in spirit to work than when
18you were with me, but that will pass tomorrow.
20Harry, you must do a good deal of work, & don’t let your reading &
21thinking run too much in one line.
23I felt I shouldn’t sleep so I asked Mrs. Walker to give me a whole
24glass of beer to drink before I get into bed.
26Good bye, my own friend,
29Could you find out & tell me what the charge for copying MS. is I know
30there are many people at the British Museum who do it.
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.