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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/106
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFebruary 1909
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western 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. This letter has been dated by reference to content. Theo Schreiner was ill with typhoid in Matjesfontein in February 1909. Schreiner was resident in Matjesfontein from late December 1908 to late March 1909.
1 My dear One
3 I do hope you will come. I don’t think the little cottage has the
4out look you would like it’s quiet enough but looks out into a yard,
5a nice clean yard but still not nature. I have asked Jimmy Logan. He
6says he doesn’t generally let rooms alone, but as I explained to him
7you couldn’t eat meat egg &c, & must feed yourself he says you can
8have a single room in the Hotel or a double room (any room you like)
9in the villa for £2 a month that will include the use of the Hotel
10baths & the servant to do your rooms change you sheets &c &c. The
11villa is delightful, you could have the whole balcony & verandah to
12yourself. At least up to the present there has never been any one in
13it except a police man who sleeps at the back & now & then a passing
14Boer for one night who doesn’t like to pay the higher price in the
15hotel. ^You might bring up your hammocks to fasten up in the trees.^
17 What I should advise is that you come sleep the first night in the
18hotel & then look at the villa & the cottage & decide for yourself.
19The food here is very good, now old Logan has bucked things up, but
20its only meat & ^white^ bread &c. which would not suit you. If you do
21come bring up a blue flame or spirit stove with you & all the little
22things you think you will want.
24 Good bye dear one
25 Olive