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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/2b-xviii
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 27 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: 184
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
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.
1Monday Night
3My Henry, I came home & found your note, it’s finding your notes
4here makes the place seem like home to me.
6I am very bad, Henry. I had great agony in my chest yesterday morning
7& the perspiration is so terrible. In one moment it burst out all over
8me so deadly cold & I feel as if I were dying. Last night in the night
9too I was tearing my clothes off in the agony like long ago. I went
10this afternoon to the Doctor to have the morphia injected. But he said
11when he felt my pulse that he couldn’t do it. & he says I mustn’t
12take anymore of the medicine he gave me (I haven’t been taking it
13for the last three days). I fancy he thinks he has been on the wrong
14tack in giving me what he has. He said it was “a sad case a very sad
15case” & that I must send for him in the night when the fit was at
16its height, but if that’s all he can do what good will he be.
18I have such fresh unreadable pain under my left shoulder. & no where
19else, not pain only suffocation. How I have told you all about myself
20haven’t I.
22^My sister-in-law is coming home this evening. I expect she & my
23brother are sitting together by the fire in the study now. I can’t
24copy the Remembrances. I will try to tomorrow. It is written but on
25rough odds & ends of paper. I must write to Miss Haddon tonight^
27^because I do want her to leave that sentence out.^
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. Rive's (1987) version omits part of the letter and is in a number of other respects incorrect. Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) extract includes material from a different letter and is also incorrect in various ways.