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Letter ReferenceEdward Carpenter 359/44
ArchiveSheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateOctober 1889
Address FromEngland
Address To
Who ToEdward Carpenter
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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 month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand. It was written immediately before Schreiner sailed to South Africa, in a short period in which she stayed in St Leonards, Eastbourne and also London.
1 My dear Edward
3 What I hope you are finding the work begin satisfactorily. I am
4sailing next Wednesday morning from the London dock. If ever you want
5to write to me when I am gone address: W.P. Schreiner
6 Mount Vernon
7 Cape Town
8 Africa.
10 Thank you for the book. Thank you, Edward, for all you’ve been to me.
12 Olive
14 The Fortnightly won’t take my article after all says it’s too
The allegory was turned down by the Fortnightly Review because of its length. See "The sunlight lay across my bed: Part I - Hell" New Review Vol 1, no 11, April 1890, pp.300-309; and "The sunlight lay across my bed: Part II - Heaven", New Review Vol 1, no 12, May 1890, pp.423-431.