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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/136
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Friday 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 Friday night
3 My own Ettie,
5 Who was always so good to me & helped me when there was no one else to
6help me. Do you remember how you sent me some money you had got for a
7dance Howard gave you that I might come up to Kimberley. How you used
8to send me wood & milk & do so much for me when I was in Cape Town &
9now can do so little for you. I am always always in spirit in that
10little room of so much anguish for you. Oh to help you dear! To know
11the pain was only a little less.
13 Try to take oysters if you can take nothing else.
15 Your little sister
16 Olive
18 ^Thanks to Wynnie for her letter^