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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/134
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Monday 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. This letter has been dated by reference to content around the final illness of Ettie Stakesby Lewis. Schreiner was resident in De Aar from November 1907 until she left South Africa for Britain and Europe in December 1913, but with some fairly lengthy visits elsewhere over this time.
1 Monday
3 My own sweet Ettie
5 I have just heard from Mr Mushett of you that the terrible pain goes
6on & the rubbing didn’t seem to help. Tell me if ever you really
7want to see me darling. I’ll come If only there was something I
8could do I wear the sweet little broach you gave me every day. Oh my
9darling who was so sweet & tender & full of love to me, can I really
10do nothing to relieve your pain.
12 Your little sister puts both her arms round you & holds you to her
14 Olive