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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/50
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date6 July 1902
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToPO Box 2, Johannesburg, Transvaal
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. The address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope.
1 Hanover
2 July 6th 1902
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4 Darling Ettie
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6 I hope by this time you are safe in Johannesburg. I’m sure the change
7will do you good.
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9 I’ve been in bed for a couple of days with my chest, & am very
10thankful I didn’t get the pass in time & & try to come up with you
11because I would only have been ill & spoiled all. I hope I shall be
12able to go by the end of the month. If you could give me the address I
13could go up & see abut the jacket of the dress as soon as I get there.
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15 I shall only be in Johannesburg for a few days, just long enough to
16see about my things. I hope Elberty is not going to stay up there. I
17think it would be a mistake, dear. But perhaps you have no such plan.
18I have seen such beautiful promising lives go to wreck there, that I
19feel about it as a man would about a rock on which he had seen a ship
20go down. You don’t understand the place a bit by visiting it; you must
21stay in it & watch its effect on characters you know.
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23 I shall value the dressing gown so much when it comes, dear; but you
24oughtn’t to have sent it me. I’m so glad you’ve got another.
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26 Good bye, darling. I suppose you passed Hanover Rd the night before
27last
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29 Olive
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