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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/139
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: December 1911 ; Before End: April 1912
Address FromCape Town, 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 around the final illness of Ettie Stakesby Lewis. Content shows that Schreiner was in Cape Town when it was written. Schreiner was in Cape Town and places near it from November 1911 to early April 1912.
1 My dear old Wynnie
3 Thank you for your letter. I can’t come out on Monday. I am not
4finding this place suit me. I have to go on looking for rooms, now
5very hard to get that I may be able to leave on Wednesday when my week
6here is up
8 Perhaps I could come on Wednesday if you could send for me early in
9the morning. I would ask the landlady if I could leave my things here.
10& I could sleep the night, & perhaps two nights with you. unreadable I
11do want to see a little of my darling sister
13 Is there any way in which I could get a letter to you on Monday or
14Tuesday I mistrust depending on that Maitland post.
16 I am going in tomorrow to look for room. Arthur tells me Effie has a
17spare room, perhaps I could hire that. It would be so nice to be near
18them & have the dear children & my staying with them might be a little
19help. My heart bleeds when I think of how dear old Arthur & Effie have
20to struggle. He is a dear sweet fellow striving manfully to do his
21best. I’m glad Lyndall is so fond of him too. He’s such a
22gentleman at heart.
24 I do wish I could stay here this place is so lovely. But I must try to
25find a place where I am well enough to work. I could help you all if
26only I could get some work done.
28 Good bye dear Wynnie
29 Your little Auntie
30 Olive