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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/144
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Sunday December 1911 ; 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 around the final illness of Ettie Stakesby Lewis. Schreiner stayed in Cape Town and places near it from December 1911 to early April 1912.
1 Sunday night
3 Darling I’ve been looking out a far off & yet so near Blauwberg this
4afternoon. I am always thinking of the dear, tired, heart & body lying
7 I have advertised in the Cape Times for rooms, ^in a private house^ & am
8going in tomorrow to try & & find one, but I fear shall not succeed
9every place is so full. There is not a bed in any hotel or boarding
10house. I can’t come till I find some place where I know I can go. If
11I can’t find a place & have to go back to de Aar I will certainly
12come to see you before, I leave, my beloved.
14 If I find rooms I will some as soon as I’m settled we had better
15settle nothing now.
17 Your little sister
18 Olive