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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/61
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date6 August 1903
Address FromUitkyk, 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 P.O. Uitkyk
2 Aug 6 / 03
4 My darling old Ettie
6 Tomorrow will be your birthday. I shall think of you. I felt the first
7day I came to see mother when you & Effie were in the back room as if
8something was troubling you very much. Your life is so full of cares &
9sorrows which you must bear quite alone.
11 The little mother looks just wonderful to me dear, so free from all
12that swelling about the face & eyes. I cannot help feeling that she is
13very much freer from suffering that she used to be, though as you say,
14in a way, weaker.
16 I’m so glad dear Will spoke to me about your care for mother in the
17way he did. It’s so beautiful to me to know that we all realize, not
18alone what you are doing for the little mother but for all of us in
19taking care of her. Please send me John’s address, I’ve forgotten
20it. Good bye my darling. You seem to me to grow
22^more & more beautiful as you grow older.^
24Your little sis Olive