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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/17
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Thursday October 1889 ; Before End: December 1889
Address FromCape Town, Western 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. Schreiner was resident in Cape Town from mid October 1889 to mid March 1890, with some visits elsewhere. One such visit was to Grahamstown to visit her mother, who had been taken ill, in late November to early December 1889.
1 Cape Town
2 Thursday
4 Darling Et,
6 I know you will be glad to know I am quite well here. Of course weak,
7but all right.
9 Splendid news from Mother which Roberton will have sent you. It was
10not the convent folk who telegraphed to Fan at all, but John Hemming
11who found out by chance how ill Mother was. They seem to have been
12very kind to her.
14 I hope you are having a good time of work in the Paarl; one is only
15happy when one is doing ones lifes work whatever that may be. Mrs
16?Jubert & Miss Drummond are staying with Fan now. Fan is very kind &
17sweet as always. Dear old Robert has been so gentle & kind to me all
18this time. I fear I have been a great trouble to him.
20 I will come out with him to Vis-choek Tuesday but my sudden
21instantaneous getting well here shows me that it is a matter of air; &
22I fear Wednesday will see me flying back. ?Fanny has gone Just got
23enclosed from Annie Hemming.
25 Am so glad they have been so good to Mother. Am writing to them.
27 Ah Ettie it is so beautiful to be able to breathe.
29 All this time would have been so beautiful if I could have breathed &
30seen anything. I think in the Spring ^Autumn^ when some of my work is
31done you & I will will have a good time together & perhaps go to
32Kimberly & Johannesburg together.
34 My darling old Ettie.
35 Olive