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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/137
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Sunday April 1912 ; Before End: June 1912
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. This letter has been dated by reference to content around the final illness of Ettie Stakesby Lewis.
1 De Aar
2 Sunday
4 My darling
6 Just after I wrote I got a long letter from Will telling me about you.
7He thinks the ?drawing room a much nicer room for you that your old
8one I’m sure it will be cosier for winter, & if we’d only had the
9fireplace put in there you could have stayed there for the winter &
10gone back to your old one unreadable which is so cool for summer. I’ve
11made some very nice sheep’s head & feet brawn cooking it till it’s
12quite gone to nothing & quite chopping even those tiny bits fine,
13letting it cool to take all all the fat off & then boiling it up the
14next day with a desert spoon of vinegar & a few olives. I find I can
15eat it when I can’t eat any other meat with out pain it seems half
16digested already.
18 If there was a direct post to Blauwberg ^like to Cape Town^ I would make
19you some & send it down in the ?shope; but it might lie for days at
20Maitland in a hot office & be bad when you got it; but perhaps Effie
21or Ely could make it for you. Do you send dai every day to Milnerton
22for the milk? Because if you do I think the best plan would be for
23people to send thing to the Hotel Keepers wife there.
25 I am so anxious to hear how you find your bedroom when you get back to it.
27 Cron is leaving on Monday night for Muizenberg to see his mother who
28has had a paralytic stroke. He will only be in Muizenberg a couple of
29days & then return.
31 Good bye my own darling. I am always thinking of you. If you have a
32nice fire to dry things I hope the cool air of the winter will refresh
33you a little.
35 Olive