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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/104
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 7 February 1909
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToHenrietta (‘Ettie’) Schreiner m. Stakesby Lewis (1891)
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The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections.
1 Matjesfontein
2 Feb 9 7th 1909
3 Thursday
5 Darling
7 Just a line. I thought Kate wrote daily or I would have sent a line
8yesterday. But Theo seems getting on splendidly. But of course the
9great difficulty will be when the time comes that he can take solid
10food as this his digestion is not strong, he will have to be unusually
11careful. The first three days ^I went there^ he was very ill never
12really resting & if Alice could have come then it would have been of
13use. His bowel only act once in three days never oftener, & that of
14course makes the danger & difficulty much less. The doctor says it is
15very good it should be so. In all my long experience of typhoid I have
16never seen a case so light; but, on the other hand, with his weak
17heart & digestion he will have to take unusual care as to food for a
18long time.
20 Kate does all for him, & doesn’t want any one to do the actual
21nursing but herself so no one would be of any use except in the way of
22giving Theo pleasure.
24 Good bye darling. I hope all goes well with your work.
25 Your little sister,
26 Olive