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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/2b-xvii
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 26 October 1884
Address From144 Marina, St Leonards, East Sussex
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 43; Draznin 1992: 182
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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 from mid October to the end of November 1884.
1Sunday Night
2
3I have had such pleasure in Miss Haddon’s article. I think it very
4good, on the whole as good an article as has been written on the
5subject I enclose a note for her which shows what I don’t like. Do
6try to get it published.
7
8How are you Henry? Are there many more of those dots of ours in the
9book. Henry, there is one person does love you, & sympathize with you
10now. Isn’t it funny, my heart feels so tender over your past too;
11but it feels tender over your present too. I get quite a pained
12feeling with tenderness when I think of you some times. Do you
13remember the day when I was ill & Mrs Hinton come to see me, & you
14went away laughing Ach, Harry, my Harry, & that day you put your face
15down on the map.
16
17We had the greatest storm I have ever known in England here last night.
18 I lay awake listening to you it.
19
20This morning I had one of the worst times I ever had. It had been bad
21all night but it came on about eight, in a few minutes I was bathed in
22perspiration it was as ^though^ my clothes had been put in water. I
23thought for the moment I was dying. It is such a wild terrible agony.
24I have been lying down all day not able to work but I will work
25tomorrow. I haven’t been able to copy the Remembrances for you as I
26wanted
27
28I am not taking any medicine now. You see it doesn’t do any good.
29
30Good night, my Henry.
31Olive
32
33Monday Am not able to write the note to Miss Haddon today. Will
34tomorrow
35
Notation
Caroline Haddon's article was published anonymously: Anon (1884) The Future of Marriage London: Foulger. Schreiner's 'Remembrances' are incomplete and appear in Cronwright-Schreiner's The Life of Olive Schreiner London: Unwin. 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.