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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/3
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateJune 1874
Address FromColesberg, Northern 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. Schreiner was resident in Colesberg from mid April 1874 to the beginning of March 1875.
1 My dear old Sis
3 It is Sunday morning & all the folks have gone to church except Katie
4& Georgie so I shall have a nice quiet time for writing.
6 I was not a little disappointed at not receiving a line from you by
7last post, but knew you & the old Baas were both well as your hand
8writings were on the box of fruit; for which so many thanks. It made
9me more glad to think you had remembered how I like them than it would
10have been if I had got the finest presents in the world. They seem
11almost too pretty to eat.
13 I am feeling so well & am at work from morning till night, but you
14know in your own house how light all work seems, & I feel just as if
15house children & all were my own. I don’t know which of the children
16I’m fondest of but I don’t like Katie quite as well as the boys
17though even she is a dear good child.
19 Mrs Weekly expects to be ill in about five weeks time. I suppose you
20know Mrs ?Bayswood has a little one at last.
22 The other day when I was down at the shop I met ?Lendorf who was on
23his way down to Grahams Town where he thinks of settling he will be
24back again in two months time when he has promised to call. By the way
25before I forget it, if you or the Miss Howards ?or Miss Davey should
26want any thing I could get it for you here as Mrs Weakley says there
27are shops here where you could buy things quite as cheaply as in
28Grahams Town. How is the old Baas finding? How is Howard getting on?
29Do you still think of the Gold Fields.
31 Remember me to dear old John & tell him he must soon write or he’ll
32be forgetting me. Give my best love to the dear old Baas & remember me
33very kindly to Howard, & good bye till next week
35 Your little sister
36 Olive