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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/132
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Tuesday April 1912 ; Before End: June 1912
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. The year has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The letter has been dated by reference to content around the final illness of Ettie Stakesby Lewis.
1 De Aar
2 Tues-day
4 My darling,
6 I do wish I knew just how you are this morning.
8 I am always seeing my old Ettie, my Ettie of the Witteberg & Healdtown
9days with the long hair. My sweet beautiful old Ettie. Our old play
10together with Charles & Harry & all our many children – a kind of
11dream of life that was never to be realized for either of us. But so
12much good & beauty in other ways was to come into our life – even
13the power of great endurance is a great thing! Eh, darling? Oh Beloved
14as you lie there let the thought come back to you of the many poor
15suffering bodies you have nursed & helped in their pain.
17 Good bye my sweet darling
18 Olive