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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/109
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 15 April 1910
Address FromYork House, Muizenburg, Western Cape
Address ToThe Highlands, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape
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. The date of this letter is provided by the postmark on an attached envelope and the address it was sent to is on its front.
1 c/o Dr Purcell
2 York House
3 Muizenburg
4 Tuesday
6 My darling
8 I have just got your letter. If I’d got it in time, I would have
9tried to carry out the plan; it would have been so splendid to go up
10to ?Bains Kloof with you. We never seem to have time to see one
11another. But I only got your letter this morning. I was so collapsed I
12didn’t seem able to get away last week & my friends the Purcells
13have made me stay some days with ^them^, & I am getting better. I have
14never been so weak before as I was when I came here. ^I’m much better
17 Let me know my own sweet darling when you will be back, & I’ll try
18to come & see you before I leave for Matjesfontein.
20 I do hope much as the journey will have taken out of you that you are
21a little better. It is the Highlands & the work & money troubles that
22are killing you, whether you know it or not. Free of that & able to go
23about lecturing & doing the work that lies so near to your heart, you
24might yet live & do good work, my darling.
26 Your
27 Olive