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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/1b-xii
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 14 May 1884
Address From7 Pelham Street, Kensington, London
Address To24 Thornsett Road, South Penge Park, London
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 19; Draznin 1992: 51-2
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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.
17 Pelham St
2Wednesday After
3
4 [line torn away] ?letters this morning., but not the Harrington Rd one.
5Please write all that was in it over again.
6
7I shall like so much to go on Sunday, & will be glad if you will call
8for me.
9
10I’m sorry to hear anything that isn’t quite beautiful [line torn away]
11
12but don’t you think there must always be some sense of pain in
13learning to know more of people whom you have known only through their
14books? I think so.
15
16I went to St. James’s Hall last night. Every fibre in my being revolts
17against old Bradlaugh, & I wanted to like him. (This has nothing to do
18with what I said on the other page, it reads as though it had!)
19
20I shall like very much to see Mr. Hinton’s sister-in-law
21
22^Yours sincerely,^
23Olive Schreiner
24
25I shan’t leave this till Friday, & perhaps I shan’t have succeeded in
26finding quiet rooms by that time, quiet is so hard to get in London.
27
Notation
Draznin’s (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription. The short extract in Cronwright-Schreiner (1924) is also incorrect in various ways.