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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/2b-iv
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 13 October 1884
Address From144 Marina, St Leonards, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 41; Draznin 1992: 154-5
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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. This letter has been dated by reference to an associated envelope and its postmark, which also provides the address it was sent to.
1144 Marina
4I hope you got my letter on Saturday evening.
6I am getting better but I think it is the morphia makes me so stupid.
8I am going to write such a long letter tomorrow. I keep talking to you
9in my head. There is an eagle on the glass above the mantelpiece, its
10head is twisted quite wrong & one wing is bigger than the other. I
11have been looking at it all these three days. You must wear that old
12black coat you had on the last morning if ^when^ ever I see you again.
14The doctor was here examining my chest this morning. I have not been
15able to write to my brother. I am going to. Tomorrow I am going to get
16up & go out & look at the sea. How you would like it when the sun is
17on it. I feel happy when I think of you. You are the first human being
18who has been perfect rest to me.
22^Don’t write except when it rests you I trust you anyhow.^
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription. Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) extract includes material from a different letter.