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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/57
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date10 March 1903
Address FromHanover, 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.
1 Hanover
2 March 10 / 03
4 My darling old Sister
6 I am feeling a little anxious about your knee. Is it quite well.
7Don’t try it till it is really strong. It would be so terribly
8depressing to have anything which permanently hindered one’s walking.
10 It’s curious I remember quite well in England when you came from
11Australia that incident of your writing to the person & their saying
12for certain reasons it impossible for them to give you their name &
13see you. I am feeling a bit better; & happier than I have felt since
14the dear peaceful old Matjesfontein days. They say people never know
15when they are happy, but I always knew at Matjesfontein that I was
16happy, & wished nothing would ever change. After all, it isn’t what
17we have, but what we are able to do without, that’s the great thing.
19 I don’t know why I feel anxious about you & as if I wanted to know
20you were all right.
22 Good night dear one.
23 Olive
25 ^Cron is still up in Johannesburg but returns on Thursday^