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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/2b-xvi
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday 25 October 1884
Address From144 Marina, St Leonards, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 179-80
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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.
1Sat Night
2
3My brother did not come today. I walked back with Wilfred to the ^the^
4Hastings part of the town, & bought him some electric toys, & took him
5in to a confectioners, & then I walked home again in the dark along
6the sea front. I went into a shop on the Colonade to buy some food for
7tomorrow & then I came home, & I finished reading your letter which I
8had got while you I was out. I have such yearing love & tenderness for
9you in my heart today. I will tell you all about my self that you like
10to know when you come The pens & papers have come. Thank you.
11
12Give my love to Louie & tell her I’ve cooked more dinners & made
13more loves bread in my life than she ever will.
14
15I shall make a good member for the “New Life.” I hope Mrs.
16Walter’s
tunes will be of help.
17
18Good night, my boy, Henry. I can’t help thinking it would be nicer
19if you
20
21^were older than I am.^
22
Notation
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.