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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/182
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Saturday January 1904 ; Before End: July 1904
Address FromHanover, 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 typhoid epidemic in Hanover in January to July 1904.
1 Hanover
2 Saturday
4 My darling Ettie
6 I have been very ill since I came here. Will you please find out a
7nurse & have her ready if I wire to you. I don’t know what is the
8matter with me. I can eat nothing & seem light headed. I have no pain
9except about an hours ^or half an hour^ after I have taken my ?Bengers
10food on Nestles then But my head is so weak. It may be only my heart
11because I am always so weak & faint. I am very sick dear. It may be
12typhoid. If it is I must have a nurse. If she co I have no servant as
13my little girl is ill with typhoid & her sister too, but I would get
14the nurses board at the hotel or Mrs Van Zyls & she would only have to
15take care of me. No one has been to see me since I came back - one is
16so terribly alone here, but I am glad my darling boy is away because
17he dreads
19^all illness so. If I wire you for the nurse don’t let it get put in
20the papers that I am ill. He has to go through his election
21campaigning of six weeks & it would disturb him if he had to come back
22^^know I was ill^^. My head is so light dear I keep fainting Major
is talking to me. Good bye my darling. Don’t be too anxious
24about me. I may be better by the time this reaches you I will wire on
27Your Olive