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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/108
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date21 July 1909
Address FromDe Aar, Northern 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 De Aar
2 July 21st 1909
4 My darling Ettie
6 I hope you are getting on well with your work. I told Dr ?Simmington
7when he & his wife called the other evening that you were some time
8coming to visit me & the Good Templars are quite excited about it. ?Mr
9Smuts a shop keeper here came to ask Cron just when you would come. I
10said I couldn’t say.
12 The amount of drinking that goes on here might employ you for a year!
13It's just struck me that you might care to come & stay here when we
14are at parliament, making this your head quarters & go round to
15Hanover & the other towns near Philips-town Beds-town &c. If you would
16we’ll be delighted for you to have the house. I’d like so to think
17of sitting writing at my dear old desk before the big window. October
18& November are the best months in the year here because there’s
19lease wind. December gets too hot & all the other months are windy &
20dusty! But you must come before we go so I have you for a week with me.
21 unreadable I can put both Wynnie & you up if Wynnie doesn’t mind a
22sofa. That is if you want a bedroom alone. If you would like it better
23instead of having the little bedroom Cron would be delighted for you
24to have his bedroom in which I would put up an extra bed I have for
25Wynnie it would be so lovely to have you dear. I am working a little &
26to be as well as that is all I care for.
28 Your little sister
29 Ol
31 Tell Alice not to lose my MS.
33 ^I find that in doing much writing it makes such a difference to the
34eyes is you have a very sloping desk to write at. I am just had a
35sloping board made for my desk which I can take on & off. Try it one
36that slopes a little is no good, it rather worries one.^
What Schreiner was 'working a little at' cannot be established with certainty, but at this point in time it could have been preparing Woman and Labour for publication.