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Letter ReferenceEdward Carpenter 359/8
ArchiveSheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 8 June 1887
Address From50 Gore Road, Hackney, London
Address To
Who ToEdward Carpenter
Other VersionsRive 1987: 128-9
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
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 arrived in Gore Road on 8 June 1887 where she was resident until late August, then after short visits elsewhere she returned there for September that year.
1 London E.C.
2 Wednesday
4 ^Doesn’t require an answer.^
6 I will send the money to Mill thorp tomorrow.
8 You don’t know what a help you have been to me. Just now I am not
9good for you. You are suffering much more than you know. I doubt
10whether you are realy better except physically than when you went away.
11 You must not write even to me about the subject on which you talked
12to me unless it is restful to you: but my mind will always be
13wandering after you. Perhaps such a bitter time of suffering lies
14before you: perhaps, great gladness, the realization almost of an
15ideal. But whoever suffers it will be your nature that suffers either
16through sympathy unreadable or through itself.
18 You don’t know how much you have helped me today & yesterday.
20 I have found some rooms near the Victoria Park, & am going to furnish
21them tomorrow. Address
22 50 Gore Road
23 Victoria Park E.
25 I would have come to meet you tomorrow at the publishers but you need
26quiet & rest if that be possible now. Your face looked like a little
27tired child’s when you were asleep in the train.
29 Yours
30 Olive Schreiner
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.