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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/147
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 16 March 1912
Address FromAlexandra Hotel, Muizenberg, Western Cape
Address Toc/o J. Muskett Esq, St George's Street, Cape Town, 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 written from.
1 Sunday morning
3 My own darling
5 Oh if the doctors medicines have given you a little ease! If Your
6sufferings are too awful you don’t know how I feel when I look at
7those dear thin hands that have done so much for others for fifty
8years ever since you were a little girl.
10 I am going in to town tomorrow & will send you some more of that Pain
11balm & some smelling salts, through dear Mr Muskett.
13 I know the good sweet nurse will rub you with the balm – I would
14unreadable try softly wash rubbing your head a little in a way that
15relieves me so much.
17 Cron sends his love to you. He is so sorry to hear of your great pain.
18Good bye my own darling
20 Your little sister
21 Olive
23 My own darling, my sweet old Ettie. Oh do try & get strong dear one
24for the sake of all of us who love you so.
26 Your little sister
27 Olive
29 ^I hope you got the milk all right.^
Schreiner has written 'Please forward' on the envelope attached to this letter.