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Letter ReferenceEdward Carpenter 359/40
ArchiveSheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date28 July 1889
Address FromLadies Chambers, Chenies Street, Camden, London
Address To
Who ToEdward Carpenter
Other VersionsRive 1987: 155-6
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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 was resident in Chenies Street between June and August 1889.
1 Dear Edward
3 Please send this to Bob Muirhead. I didn’t see him to say good bye &
4so didn’t thank him. I thought I should see him again.
6 It is a lovely day here, one almost sees the sky over the houses.
8 I wonder how it goes with you at Mill-thorp. I never like to ask you
9because I’m always afraid of touching you roughly when I mean to be
10quite ^so very^ gentle. I have got my full marching orders for Africa
11now. I wonder if you will get yours.
13 I wish we could have spent a day up the river together, you & he & I:
14it would have been so perfect to have you both: One never hardly loves
15two human beings who love each other.
17 Good bye. I hope it goes well. I’ll send you a nice savage book soon.
19 Olive
21 Life is full of compensations. When the desire of the soul is taken
22from us she gives us calm.
24 You don’t know how beautiful it was with Bob here. Perhaps Bob
25himself less than anyone could understand. I don’t myself. He seems
26to me to be a bond between me & other human beings.
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter.