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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/125
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Thursday January 1912 ; Before End: April 1912
Address FromCape Town, 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. Schreiner stayed in Cape Town and places near it from December 1911 to early April 1912, then returned to De Aar. Content indicates that Schreiner was in Cape Town when it was written.
1 Thursday night
3 Darling
5 I haven’t written because every day I’ve been hoping I would be
6able to walk up to the Highlands via Oranjezicht. I’m so much better
7since the rain & cooler weather Cron arrives on Wednesday & we leave
8on Saturday evening, the 9th for de Aar I do hope some day you will be
9able to try Mrs Palmgreens massage. If I get any money for my book (I
10haven’t yet) I want to pay for a few massages for you. It would be
11so beautiful if it helped you
13 Good night my darling. Love to dear Wynnie. I feel life is very hard
14for her, I know how much she is feeling about Guy. All her life has
15been just work & devotion to others. What a great struggle all human
16life is – just simply to exist!
18 Please ask Alice or Wynnie just to send me a post card saying how you are
20 Your little sister
21 Olive