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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/34
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date6 June 1898
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, 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. Schreiner was resident in Kimberley from early August 1894 to November 1898.
1 My darling Ettie
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3 Your letter & mine have crossed. Ah, yes, my dear one, I know that
4awful worry when one is gone, the thought of all we might have done
5for them. It is always so. And the truth is that often we have done
6all that lay in our power. But it never looks like that when they are
7gone.
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9 I do hope you will try to take care of yourself my darling. If you get
10over the next few years in quiet & strength, there may be a glorious
11old age of work before you. I wish I could see you, my dear one. I
12don’t want you to come here, because there would be too many sad
13associations, but if Cron & I go to live, as is just possible in
14Bloemfontein or Johannesburg, come & stay with us a little. Oh I love
15you so my darling Ettie. I’m sure you want complete change of scene
16& life for a little while.
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18 Good bye my dear one.
19 Olive
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21 Cron is still up at Johannesburg. He will likely return next Saturday
22having been gone three weeks.
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24 June 6th 1898
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