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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/2b-xiv
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 22 October 1884
Address From144 Marina, St Leonards, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 42-3; Draznin 1992: 172-3
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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. Schreiner was resident in St Leonards at different addresses from mid October 1884 to the end of April 1885.
1Wednesday Night
2
3I’ll join the New Life if you’ll tell me what sort of paper I must
4write, would ten lines do? This is the last of my engrossing pens Get
5a box & take as many out as you want & send it me. It will cost – I
6don’t know how much, let me know. I have not got my books yet. I am
7disappointed about “Ghosts.”
8
9I had most terrible asthma last night. The doctor says I must never
10hope to get well gain, relief is all I must look for, from narcotics.
11They don’t affect my brain at all because the asthma eats them up.
12
13I have worked today though, pretty very well
14
15This morning I got another letter from “H” Rider Haggard. Do you
16know - I half believe it is Lady Florence Dixie. I’ll send you the
17letter. I read your letters over generally four times or so.
18
19I have written to Eleanor about the play.
20
21When you come to see me some day I shall send for my box with my old
22papers from Eastbourne, & you shall see them. Yes, I will be much in
23London. You see I have asthma everywhere; it will never leave me again.
24 April & May I think I shall spend in London. Henry, my letters seem
25cold to you. It is because I dare not give way to feeling of any kind.
26If a man has a wild unbroken horse he must keep the bridle on him. You
27are dearer to me than you
28
29^have ever been. You have become part of my life itself.^
30
31Olive
32
33^The blue books are to be had at the London.^
34
35^Is your mother quite well now?^
36
Notation
Schreiner refers to Henrik Ibsen's (1881) Ghosts (trans. Henrietta Frances Lord) London: Griffith, Farran & Co. 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.