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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/154
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 8 May 1912
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address ToBlaauwberg, 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 derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address it was sent to. 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 Thursday Friday
3 My darling,
5 I felt so depressed all day yesterday for no reason I could think of,
6I’d a feeling you were very bad; but I know those feelings are
7really nothing,& depend often on ones own breathing power. I have
8Alsie’s letter this morning, telling me about the tapping. Dear one
9it is sometimes such an immense relief. I have known cases of people
10who seemed dying, who were tapped & after that took stuff to increase
11the action of the kidneys who not only lived five or six years, but
12were able to walk about. I only hope Dr Williams is skilful.
14 Oh my beloved, just to know you have had some relief. That you were
15able to lie down quietly & rest!
17 Your own little sister
18 Olive