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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/7
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date9 April 1882
Address From81 Guildford Street, Russell Square, Camden, London
Address To
Who ToAlice Hemming nee Schreiner
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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 81 Guildford St
2 Russell Sq.
3 London. WC
5 April 9th 1882
7 My dear Alice,
9 I was glad once more to hear from you & should have been better
10pleased still had the news about your own health been better.
12 About Wynnie’s boots. I went at once to the best medical shoemaker
13in the Strand, took your letter & told him what kind of thing I wanted.
14 He said he could easily make them if he had a cast of the foot. I
15told him he could not have that because the person was in Africa & it
16would take too long. He said "Well without a cast or an exact measure
17I will not make them." I said no one would blame him if the shoes
18boots didn’t fit, but it was no use he wouldn’t do it, & they say
19I won’t find any one who will without the exact measure. You had
20better send me the measure taken very exactly by a shoe-maker & I will
21send the boots out with young Bertram when he returns to the Cape. It
22is a great disappointment to me not to have been able to get them done
23at once. I am going as a last hope to the hospital for complaints of
24the foot, to see if one as one of the doctors there can’t order it
25for me. I think you would rather have them fitting not quite so well,
26than to wait. I hope the dear little woman’s foot will soon grow
27strong. I send you part of Emma’s last letter that you may see what
28she says about the boots. Fred says that if a boot of the kind we want
29was made, it would hurt the foot & weaken it more than strengthen it
30if it didn’t fit very exactly.
32 I have not seen the John Hemmings since their return from Paris. I
33fancy they leave soon. I do not know their new address, but shall try
34to learn it at their last lodgings.
36 I don’t know if I have written since I was in London. I have been
37here a month now. Will has apartments in the same house. He is leaving
38next week for Cambridge or Eastbourne, he has not quite made up his
39mind which, & will likely remain there till he returns to the old
40Country. I haven’t much to tell of myself. I don’t know a soul in
41London so as you may guess I lead a very quiet life – study &
42scribble all day long. I am hoping in the holidays to have Wilfred
43here for a week & we shall have glorious times together. Often when I
44am with him I think of my old day dreams abut "our boy" & the friends
45I used to think he & I would be if we met after he was grown older.
46Wilfred is very dear to me, but my old Leo has a place no other child
47will ever take.
49 Good-bye dear old sister. Let me hear from you soon about the boots. It
50is a great disappointment not to have been able to get them yet, but
51with an exact measure it will be all right
53^A kiss for all the little ones from ^
54 Your loving sister
55 Olive