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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/110
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date16 April 1910
Address FromDe Aar, 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 De Aar
2April 16th 1910
4 My darling
6 Since last night I have been thinking so much of you. I do hope you
7have a little more ease. Oh for the old strength, the old power to
8fight – the old self. Its that one we have lived with all our life,
9& whom we shall never see again, whom its so hard to part with – To
10know we shall never feel her within us. That is death.
12 When they say we die there will be nothing left to die.
14 I am always thinking of you, dear one.
16 Olive
18 I hope our sweet little Robert is better. That bright happy little
19smile he used to have is hope coming back. Effie is very brave about
20it. How brave people often are when the real great ^tragedies of life
21have to be faced.^