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Letter ReferenceEdward Carpenter 359/31
ArchiveSheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date31 December 1888
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToEdward Carpenter
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Legend
The Project is grateful to the Sheffield Archives, Sheffield Libraries, Archives and Information Services, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Archive Collections. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner stayed in Alassio from late October 1887 to February 1888 and from early April to May 1888.
1 Old year’s night
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3 Dear EC
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5 I send you a cutting from Stephen’s article on unreadable in an old
6number of the Nineteenth Cen. It’s all so lovely you ought to read
7it. I’ve never seen that side of the question so deliciously put,
8it’s as if one of us were taking off the other side. It was torn up
9when I got it or I’d send you the whole. He adviseds that that the
10rich boycott those wicked poor unreadable not giving any more to their
11hospitals &c, &c & then what would the poor do!! That it would be the
12best thing that could happen to them if the rich didn’t throw them
13any more sops, & that there would soon be no rich he doesn’t for a
14moment see!! It’s so lovely. Don’t trouble to answer this, it just
15came into my head to send it as I was reading it. Never write me duty
16letters.
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18 I hope you’ll have a good time in London in Feb. We have terrible
19weather here just now, this afternoon the waves wild & roaring, & one
20can’t see more than a foot or two, but we’ve had such fine weather
21^ we mustn’t complain. It’s all arranged for my going to the Cape
22in September, money in bank. Can you think how glad I am. All good be
23with you a glad new year. Its going to be for me a year of more work
24than I ever did before.
25 Olive.^
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27 I send you a pamphlet. To me it is full of that greatly to be prized,
28rare truth loving spirit that constitutes his greatness, & which has
29made him so greatly helpful to me in all my weaker moment. I am well
30satisfied now Dost thou know the old story – "While the child was
31yet alive I fasted & wept: for I said, "Who can tell – " I have
32always understood David.
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34 Do you think Mrs Wilson was quite right in that Mrs Parson’s affair?
35My fear always is that in the end Mrs Beasant may take to temporizing.
36She lacks that fine spiritual inspiration which Mrs Wilson has.
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38 Olive
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40 The waves are making such a noise just out of my window. I must get up
41& put some more wood in the fire
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Notation
The article by 'old Stephen' is likely to be: Leslie Stephen "Belief and Conduct" Nineteenth Century 24 September 1888 pp.372-89. The pamphlet Schreiner sent to Carpenter cannot be established.