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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/2a-xv
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 29 August 1884
Address FromBolehill, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 39; Draznin 1992: 130
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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. This letter has been dated by reference to an associated envelope and its postmark, which also provides the address it was sent to. The last insertion is on the back of the associated envelope.
1Bole Hill
2Friday night
3
4Walked down to Wirksworth this afternoon to buy quinine & see if there
5were letters; was caught in the rain. Have come back, & am sitting in
6my bedroom: by fire burning & gas lit. It looks so nice & bright, my
7heart doesn’t keep getting cold like last evening.
8
9I have been working all day though I have not written much. I have
10been tearing up. I did a splendid bit this evening, though; or rather
11it’s come to me, I haven’t written it yet. My brother wants me to
12go to town to see those Cape people, but I don’t feel as if it would
13be right to leave my work just now.
14
15My stomach is quite right ^well.^ I have nothing the matter with me. I
16haven’t got my library books yet. I like to hear about the little
17things you do in London & where you go.
18
19Sat morning.
20
21Have your little note. Do you know that since I came to England I have
22never felt in mind as I do now. So able for work. Henry, you are good
23for me, about the best thing that ever came into my life.
24
25How is your liver now? You mustn’t fancy that you had anything to do
26with my being so stupid of body the last week. It was only that
27Cromford was too low for me, & I was stupid when you came, my strength.
28 I do feel near you. I can feel your heart up against mine all the
29time. I am glad they think you looking stouter a little. I should like
30to make you quite fat with happiness & sleep (it isn’t eating that
31makes one fat) & I’m sure you would be better for it. Have you
32noticed that all highly nervous people are better the stouter they are
33& worse the thinner they are. I know it’s so with me. Phlegmatic
34people again are nearly always better when they are thin. Of course
35this is just generally speaking. Olive.
36
37^Thanks for the toothbrush^
38
39^I leave for Black Well Farm on Wednesday morning. Had a letter from St.
40 Johnstone this morning. Read a lot of French last night before I went
41to bed.^
42
43^I have Mrs A’s address.^
44
Notation
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription. Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) extract is incorrect in various ways.