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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/140
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 24 April 1912
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address ToBlaauwberg, Western Cape
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. The date of this letter has been derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address it was sent to. Schreiner returned to De Aar from Cape Town in early April 1912.
1 Wednesday
3 My darling
5 It is so distressing to me that those dear, strong, beautiful old legs
6are so swollen. But beloved, if you can get a little stronger it may
7go down, & that terrible sense of weight leave you. Oh if only you had
8been in another place but Blauwberg were we could all easily get to
9you & where I did not feel so ill, then I could have stayed with you.
10I shall be so thankful when I know the fireplace is in before the real
11heavy rain & cold of winter set in. I just couldn’t bear to think of
12you lying there at night in the fog with nothing to dry the air for
13the poor chocking lungs
15 Good bye, my beloved
16 Your little sister
17 Olive