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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/142
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 3 May 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 is derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address it was sent to.
1 De Aar
2 Thursday night
4 Darling, I heard from Fan to-day that if possible our old Will & Bill
5were going out to see you. I am so glad. I can’t help longing &
6longing that you did live at some more get-at-able place where those
7who love you could more easily get to you. I hope the fire place is
8done now & that you have good fuel But for it. One great good of a
9fire is that you can sometimes at night keep the windows open with a
10good fire when you couldn’t possibly with out one. I do hope I shall
11soon get a few lines with news of you. But I don’t expect the dear
12girls to write often. I know they can’t.
14 Oh to know that you were suffering less my sweet old Ettie. People
15talk of consumption, & even cancer but no disease inflicts the awful
16anguish of heart failure. It is a continual death, while one yet lives.
17 Oh if I, if any of us could really help you.
19 Your little sister
20 Olive