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Letter ReferenceEdward Carpenter 359/41
ArchiveSheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday 18 August 1889
Address FromLadies Chambers, Chenies Street, Camden, London
Address To
Who ToEdward Carpenter
Other VersionsRive 1987: 156
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
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.
1 Ladies Chambers
2 Chenies Street
3 Saturday
4
5 My dear Edward
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7 If you don’t find the savage book what you like send it back &
8I’ll send you a nice one about Malays. I’m reading about nothing
9but savages; I don’t care for anything else now. Thank you about the
10sandals. I send my measure, a little large, as it’s better than too
11small. They will be just the thing because I can’t be bothered with
12shoes & stockings there & my feet have got so tender in England that I
13shan’t be able to manage the rocks for some time without something on.
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15 I’m very glad about G Adam’s pictures. It will be a great thing if
16he can make any money out of them because then he could give up more
17time to his painting. Dr Brown has just sent Alice a splendid skeleton
18& beautiful books of prints. He is going to pay entirely for her
19education & living & books & all for the next five years. It’s very
20beautiful, & she’s to repay him when her fortune is made. It’s all
21so happy & nice about her.
22
23 I hope the school gets boys.
24
25 It was funny your following me about like that for three or four days,
26& there wasn’t any reason or cause for it! I’m so glad its lovely
27at Sheffield. I am Please give greetings to Bob when he comes. I send
28him a book of African poems.
29
30 I went for a lovely walk to Regent’s Park this afternoon & sat first
31by the lake with the by boats & then among the flowers. I’ve just
32got home. It was so beautiful & restful just sitting there & not
33thinking of anything! It must be very nice bathing in your stream.
34
35 I’ve taken my passage in the Norham Castle for the 11th of October.
36I’ve got a nice deck cabin.
37
38 Goodnight.
39 Olive
40 ^
41I think I would rather the "general public" didn’t know I was going
42to Africa & the date of my going, so don’t mention it - except to
43Bob.
44
45 Won’t it be lovely seeing the stars again? I can’t believe it’s
46true: Oh the stars.^
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Notation
The 'savage book', a 'nice one about Malays' and 'a book of African poems' which Schreiner refers to cannot be established. Rive's (1987) version has been misdated and omits part of this letter.