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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/89
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday November 1906
Address FromHotel Milner, Matjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToWynnie Hemming
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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. This letter has been dated by reference to content. Guy Hemming became ill in November 1906 and had a mental breakdown in January 1907. The letter is on printed headed notepaper with a photograph of the hotel.
1 Hotel Milner
2 Matjesfontein
3 Sunday night, 1906
5 Dear Wynnie
7 Thank you for the picture, dear, it is very very beautiful & sweet.
8There is nothing so beautiful as an old face when it is beautiful.
9Dear, I feel so very, very sorry about the news about our poor old Guy.
10 You know I haven’t liked to say anything but I’ve feared it would
11be so at last; none of us can know what an agony of depression that
12poor brain is going through. Does he seem much worse than he was? I
13know though you say nothing how it all weighs on you. You have had so
14much of sorrow & weight in your comparatively young life, & you bear
15it all so bravely.
17^I am so glad my dear old sister got away for those couple of days. I
18don’t like to think of all she has to pass through ^
20 Good bye dear
21 Yours ever
22 Olive Schreiner
24 I am much much better.