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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/12
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Sunday June 1887 ; Before End: October 1887
Address FromLondon
Address To
Who ToHenrietta ('Ettie') Schreiner m. Stakesby Lewis (1891)
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Legend
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. This letter has been dated by reference to content. Schreiner arrived in Britain from Europe in June 1887, and was resident in London at various points between then and mid October 1887, when she returned to Italy.
1 Sunday afternoon
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3 My darling old Ettie.
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5 I am so glad to think you are going to see Mrs Brown. You must write &
6tell me just how you are situated. Has the Dadda asked any of you to
7Eastbourne. If not when you have rested a little at Burnley, you must
8come here. I am not allowed to have children here & my rooms are so
9tiny they would not be comfortable. My idea is to take a large bedroom
10& sitting close by, & for for you to be always in my dear quiet little
11rooms resting I do believe that a little time here will be rest. We
12will go together every evening after dark for a ride on the top of an
13omnibus; it is so restful. I go alone every night now.
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15 An American publisher sent me £30 for quite unexpectedly & I’ve
16used £20 in making my little rooms liveable in, & I’ve always been
17thinking it was for you to come. I hope the voyage has not tired you
18quite so much as the last. Don’t trouble to write but just a word
19about plans. You will love them all at Burnley & they you.
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21 Is the dear old Baas any better. Something is very wrong with him
22I’m sure. That ?contraction about his eyes I don’t like.
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24 Give my love to Winny & the boys & to our dear friends at Burnley. It
25will be so beautiful if you can get to care abut them something as I
26do. They have been the truest friends I have ever had.
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28 Good bye. Rest my darling, & feel how much I am loving you.
29 Olive
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31 I enclose a letter from Bertie Everett’s mother. I am looking
32forward much to your seeing him when you go back.
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34 Please return Mrs Everetts letter.
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Notation
The money received from an American publisher was for a pirated US edition of The Story of An African Farm.