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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/185
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: September 1903 ; Before End: December 1903
Address Fromna
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 death of Rebecca Schreiner in September 1903. The addressee is indicated by archival location. The start of the letter is missing.
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5 The bit I mark about Fred would perhaps make you feel why how his
6conduct of late years unreadable affected Will & myself in a way
7nothing can change. When you have always acted loyally to a person
8over-seeing all their faults, making the best of them to every one.
9Their absolutely unlike ideal of manhood & honour seem to form a chasm
10which even you are unable to understand. Its not that a person does it
11to you: it’s that they can do it.
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13 The little mention of poor old Alice not long before the end, of
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is pathetic. Return it.
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16 I am utterly opposed in all my views on politics to my old Will. Yet
17there is nothing in the world would induce me to write an attack up on
18him, & when I look on th his dead face lying as the little mother’s
19did, I shall never think my tongue or pen brought a grey hair over his
20old forehead or broke one string in his heart.
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