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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/76
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date27 February 1904
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 Feb 27 / 04
4 My darling
6 I got your letter the books & then parcel just after I had posted my
7note to you
9 I am so very glad you are at Kalk Bay, resting a little & that Guy is
10with you. I couldn’t come there dear. No where near the sea suits me
11except the dear beautiful Mediterranean you can imagine how I love the
12Riviera when that is the f only place in the world where I can be near
13the sea & quite well. That & a farm in the Cradock district on the
14very top of the mountains called Lily Kloof, are the only two spots
15where I have no asthma. Thank you so much for the medicine & lime
16juice materials. I have made some & Cron likes it as much as I do.
18 Thankyou for the book dear. I have not yet had time to read it
19carefully. But it throughout very in tune, very real, not written for
20the sake of others reading them, ?but as the expression of the inner
21feeling ^& life^ of a soul. I can well understand all they have been to
22you, & also that such a writer might not care that any soul should
23talk over their work with them. I will read them all carefully dear
26 I am much better now, but the typhoid is spreading & spreading.
27Cron’s clerk is very ill with, & the unreadable little girl I had to
28help me, before I got this one. There are 30 cases in the town. ^among
29whites alone.^ I feel such a strange anxiety about Cron. I can’t
30shake myself free from a terror that he is going to get it though I
31never feared it for myself.
33 ^Good bye my darling. I hope the sea will rest you
34 Olive^
36 ^Mrs Purcell is away at the seaside for a couple of months & I don’t
37like to be always troubling her. But I may come down when there are
38cheap excursions again, if I can find a boarding house or rooms
39somewhere up Tamboer’s Kloof way. If ever you should hear of any at
40all up that way just let me know.^