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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/24
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date23 April 1892
Address FromMatjesfontein, 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.
1 Matjesfontein
2 April 23 / 92
4 My own old sister
6 It’s so long since I had any news from you. How are you? Where are
7you? I do hope the air & beauty of my beloved old Italy will give you
8the help & strength it more than once gave to me. I hope you will go
9to Florence if you go to any of the large town. That is the city I
10love best. Give my love to my dear old brother Stakesby. I don’t
11know what I should feel about you if I didn’t know he was with you
12taking care of you. For me, my life goes on in the old groove. I went
13down to Cape Town three weeks ago with my dear friends Captain & Mrs
& wanted to stay with her till her baby was born but my
15asthma got so bad I had to come back here. I may be going down again
16in a months time to see them. Fan’s little one is expected about the
1721st of May. I long so to have you back in this country, dear. I had
18hope to leave in next April for Europe, but don’t know if I can get
19my work done. It would be a joy to me greater than almost any thing if
20you had a little child.
22^I hope it may yet be. Good bye my own old Ettie^
27 ^Love to Stakesby & the boys. Do the seem strong & well?^