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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/25
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date28 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 28 / 92
3
4 My old Ettie
5
6 It does seem so long since I heard news of you. But if you were ill I
7should hear. I do hope so Italy is really resting you. It takes a long
8time before one can begin to rest when one has been so very tired &
9worn out as you my darling. Before you go to Florence you must get
10?Vasarie’s Lives of the Painters" It makes Florence such a different
11place to one & the work lives for one when one knows the men. The boys
12would be interested in some parts. I am I am hoping when I see thee
13again dear one to see thy youth renewed as an eagles. Give my love to
14thy dear husband. I wish I could see him & know him.
15
16 All goes well with me, I have quite got over the asthma & am working
17again. Write & tell me what you think of my Italy.
18
19 Your own little sis;
20 Olive
21
22 I’m very happy, you know those times when one is so happy &
23contented simply to live & do ones work, & when there is ?even no
24struggle as there is at certain times to lose sight of ones personal
25life & distress.
26
27 This African sky & nature is such a comfort to me even Eng Italy is
28not quite the Karroo to me
29
30 Olive
31
Notation
The book referred to is: Giogio Vasari (1878) Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects London: Bell.