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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/58
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date17 May 1903
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToRebecca Schreiner nee Lyndall
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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 May 17th 1903
4 My darling Mothie
6 I have returned pretty tired from Grahamstown. I was there six days. I
7saw dear Notre Mere. She cannot now walk about, has to to be taken
8about in a chair, but her face is quite unchanged; her he eyes are as
9clear & bright as ever.
11 I have just had a letter for Mrs David de Wet (Minnie Barnett) she
12sends much love to you, & says she hopes so much she will some day
13have the chance of coming to see you at Cape Town she says all the
14brothers & sisters are now dead except herself & Cobie; who is living
15at Kruger’s-dorp. She (Cobie) has had to bring up & educate her
16large family by keeping a boarding house.
18 I also saw in Grahamstown your old friend Mr Cross. He came to see me,
19& sent most affectionate greetings to you He was the only person who
20came to see me while I was there.
22 Cron is still very ill. The rheumatism is in his hip now, & for two
23days he has been unable to move unless I moved him. He was much better
24but has got worse again. I am giving him a warm bath tonight & hope he
25will be better tomorrow
27 How is my own darling little mothie? I am feeling so anxious about you
28dear little mother with the cold of the winter which may increase all
29your pains but sometimes the winters in Cape Town are very much milder
30& drier & I hope this is going to be a dry winter for you. The family
31are well & sweet. I am going to Beaufort West for the winter. I shall
32stay in the town at first & try to find a farm near by later. I
33don’t want to go to any where where I can’t get wires at any time.
35 My own darling little mother I am thinking of you so much
37 Your Olive